With each passing year, IT security extends its reach far beyond the realm of the technical. As a testament to the mainstreaming of digital defense, SC Magazine - with help from our Editorial Advisory Board - honored its most eclectic set of luminaries ever this year. Being recognized for their steadfast pursuit to securing cyberspace are two federal lawmakers, a businessman, a math prodigy, a traveling "salesman" and a computer science professor with a keen interest in internationalism. We also pored through hundreds of news stories to weed out the year's top breaches, dumbest cybercrooks and CSOs to keep an eye on, plus a whole lot more.
In the face of growing threats to its cyber assets, America requires a cohesive and comprehensive plan to protect its vital and most sensitive data. Here, one of the leading decision makers in the federal government IT arena coveys overarching priorities for securing the country's cyberspace.
The Google-China attacks, revealed in January, kicked off a year in which the threat of cybespionage to steal corporate and government secrets firmly entrenched itself as part of the security battle zone.