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Cybersecurity, it's not just for individuals any more.

Contributed by Joanne C. Kelleher

We have all heard about individuals dealing with identity theft and other cybersecurity issues. Recently the topic of cybersecurity for the U.S. government and the enterprise has been in the news.

1. A new study commissioned by Lumension Security and conducted by the Ponemon Institute found that cybercrime and outsourcing were named the top security concerns for 2009. In addition to uncovering a changing view of how IT organizations are becoming less siloed and more collaborative, key findings from the Security Mega Trends Survey include:
Outsourcing IT is a Major Concern
Data Breaches and Cybercrime
Workforce Mobility Contributes to Data Loss
Web 2.0, P2P, Virtualization and Cloud Computing are Growing in Prevalence

2. The latest issue of Vantage Magazine (Vol. 4, no.2, 2008), published by RSA, The Security Division of EMC, has an article titled Cyber espionage and the enterprise. It covers how this threat has gotten bigger and what enterprises can do to protect their assets.

3. The Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency established by the Center for Strategic and International Studies published their report this week.

In the Securing Cyberspace for the 44th Presidency report the Commission’s three major findings are (1) cybersecurity is now a major national security problem for the United States, (2) decisions and actions must respect privacy and civil liberties, and (3) only a comprehensive national security strategy that embraces both the domestic and international aspects of cybersecurity will make us more secure.

This 96 page report has generated lots of additional articles and conversation about who should be responsible for overseeing this initiative within the U.S. Government: the Department of Homeland Security or The White House. It will be interesting to watch how the incoming Obama administration implements the recommendations from this report.

1 Comment

  1. Sarah on April 1, 2009 at 11:36 am

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