Jason Clark, CSO of Websense, has met recently with 400 CSOs. In a pre-RSA Conference interview, he discusses how security leaders can be more effective when facing mobile security and other challenges.
Bringing Your Own Device raises jitters among employers, who worry about exposing or losing sensitive data, and employees, who fret about their bosses spying on them. Despite these anxieties, the trend will continue because that's what people want.
"You need a CISO today to manage not only the IT risks, but understand and influence the business risks that are imposed on the company by the decisions and strategies it takes," says John South, CISO at Heartland Payment Systems.
Security leaders will need to tackle the top technology trends of big data, consumerization and mobile growth in 2012. Robert Stroud from ISACA offers tips to help manage the risks presented by these trends.
Facial recognition, arguably, is the technology that most threatens individual privacy online, and that's on the mind of Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, who has asked the FTC to report on its growing use.
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.
"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.
Eddie Schwartz didn't shy away from the offer to become RSA's first chief security officer after the security firm experienced a sophisticated advanced-persistent-threat breach. Instead, Schwartz embraced the hack as the reason to take the job. (See RSA to Get Its First Chief Security Officer.)
Among the 12 computer-related job classifications tracked by the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, information security analysts was one of only two categories to report no unemployment during the second quarter of 2011.