None of the agencies surveyed by GAO could precisely enumerate the number of IT security personnel they employed. In fact, estimates within agencies varied widely, based on who was reporting and analyzing employment data.
Dan Waddell of Tantus Technologies says giving back to the community is every information security professional's responsibility. And with the insurgence of cybercrime affecting all walks of life, now is the ideal time to get started.
Information security threats - especially to critical infrastructures and from nation-states - are evolving. But security education curricula are struggling to keep pace, according to Eugene Spafford, renowned information security professor at Purdue University.
To win support for information security spending, IT security professionals need to refine how they make their case to senior executives, says Christopher Paidhrin, security compliance officer at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center. Here's how.
Most organizations remain uncomfortable in letting their employees use their own mobile devices to access their IT systems. Yet, in many instances, those charged with securing their enterprises' IT understand that it's just a matter of time before they must grant workers permission to employ those devices.
Unfortunately, says Ken Vander Wal, most organizations have done little to address security in their policies and procedures regarding BYOD, which is changing the ways companies address user behavior and risk.
Improving regulatory compliance efforts is the No. 1 information security priority for healthcare organizations in the year ahead. That's a key finding of the inaugural Healthcare Information Security Today survey.
Many institutions - in and out of government - would hire more IT security professionals if they could be found. According to our analysis of BLS data, there's virtually no unemployment among IT security pros, creating a dearth of IT security specialists.
"The CRMA will give us a heightened awareness of our responsibility in not just evaluating operational or compliance risks, but understanding strategic risks to the business," says Denny Beran of J.C. Penney.