As far as Dr. Giles Hogben of ENISA is concerned, now might be the golden opportunity for information security experts to influence the security and privacy measures that may help define Internet safety for the next decade or beyond.
"There are still a lot of inexperienced people out there that are passing themselves off as experts," says Scott Laliberte, managing director of Protiviti, outlining the common challenges of penetration testing.
As fraud continues to evolve and affect financial institutions, careers are plentiful for fraud-fighting professionals, says Jean-Francois Legault, a fraud investigations specialist with Deloitte and Touche.
For John Colley, managing director of (ISC)2 in EMEA, ethics need to be addressed more frequently in the workplace. Organizations can no longer assume information is legitimate or has been gained through ethical means.
Documenting procedures for the State Department's custom-made, continuous-monitoring tool known as iPost will help ensure that the data collected are appropriately used to protect the agency's global IT system, a GAO audit says.
Yahoo's Justin Somaini believes his fellow CISOs in business and government do a good job keeping their bosses informed of proper information security practices, but could do better in educating the rank and file about them.
When economists dissected July's 0.1 point drop in overall unemployment, to 9.1 percent, they attributed the decline mostly to fewer people seeking work. But that's not the case for IT security professionals. There are few discouraged workers in the information technology occupation categories these days.
The cyber threat landscape is more widespread than ever before, and cybersecurity professionals are needed in all sectors, from government to private industry, says Dickie George of the National Security Agency.
Because information security threats know no borders, the European Network and Information Security Agency is working hard to ensure the solutions span nations, too, says Prof. Udo Helmbrecht, ENISA's executive director.
The Fed's ruling on interchange, mandated by the Durbin amendment, offers financial incentives for fraud-prevention investments and could fuel a U.S. move toward new card-payment technologies, like EMV.
Performing digital forensics in the cloud isn't necessarily a new discipline, says Rob Lee of SANS Institute. But the task definitely requires a whole new mindset and some new skills from investigators.
"The action and manifestation of risk is not necessarily evident to today's users in the way it was in the past, and that creates a big inherent challenge for a CISO," says Malcolm Harkins, CISO at Intel Corp.
Dickie George of the National Security Agency has one word to describe the state of information security education today: "Spotty." And this state must improve if we hope to fill all the growing demand for security pros.