One problem tracking IT security employment is the dearth of information. Even the most trustworthy organization in collecting employment data, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, furnishes infosec data it cautions aren't reliable.
Ignorance is not bliss. Two new studies, when viewed together, show that consumers' ignorance of the consequences of their actions coupled with enterprises' unawareness of their computing environment equal unacceptable risk.
Army Gen. Keith Alexander, the head of the U.S. military's Cyber Command and National Security Agency, paints a bleak picture with mounting challenges to the Defense Department's and nation's IT systems at a House hearing.
"It was purely my networking that saved us and gave us time to defend ourselves appropriately," says Abbas Kudrati of the National Bank of Kuwait, following a recent cyber incident that impacted the bank.
Organizations are not taking the advanced persistent threat seriously enough, says Hord Tipton of (ISC)2. But security professionals also are not mitigating the common threats, he says. Watch the video.
Commerce Undersecretary for Standards and Technology Patrick Gallagher sees the private sector, not government, taking the lead to develop tools, processes and standards to help safeguard IT systems and data in and out of government.