When it comes to hot topics, they don't get hotter than authentication, cloud computing and IT governance - all of which I've discussed at length in recent interviews with industry thought-leaders. Let's review some highlights from these conversations.
"No one up here wants to stop Apple or Google from doing the incredible things that you do," Sen. Al Franken says. "What today is about is trying to find a balance between all of those wonderful benefits and the public's right to privacy."
Domain name systems are among the least known - but most important - security vulnerabilities for organizations in all sectors. But government agencies in particular need to be concerned about DNS security to protect their e-government initiatives.
A silver lining is emerging behind the rash of breaches that occur all too regularly. The fact that these breaches make the public more aware of the vulnerabilities is encouraging in efforts to make the Internet safer for all.
Personalized medicine research, which relies on genetic information paired with electronic health records, could pave the way for many treatment breakthroughs. But because of the sensitive nature of the information involved, pioneers in this field must take extra privacy and security precautions.
Bankers aren't waiting for the FFIEC to act on the release of its updated online authentication. Instead, they've already begun to comply with the major points recommended in the draft. And the death of Osama bin Laden has heightened concerns terrorists' efforts to launder money through legitimate banking channels.
Among the many subjects the Privacy and Security Tiger Team will tackle in the weeks ahead is determining whether more guidelines are needed on the issues of accommodating corrections to electronic health records and ensuring data integrity.