Three years ago, trust on the Internet - or the lack thereof - focused, in part, on the faceless hacking groups such as Anonymous and LulzSec. Today, we have a face for this lack of trust, and it looks a lot like Uncle Sam and a Chinese Red Army cybersoldier.
In many if not most enterprises, the chief information security officer reports to the chief information officer. After all, enterprises cannot function without IT, and security is a support function to safeguard data and systems. Or is it?
A 143-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average proves the power of social media and the havoc it can cause when an account gets hacked. It's time for social media companies to tighten the authentication process.
Verisign Inc. may have followed the letter of the law when revealing a series of breaches in an SEC filing. But the company that assures the flow of a hefty portion of Internet traffic should have been more forthright to ease the minds of its various constituencies.
2011 has offered quite a number of tough lessons for security professionals. Here at (ISC)2, where security education is our focus, the close of another year raises the old teacher's question: "What have we learned, class?"