Organizations using semantics and big data tools are creating a new position called data scientist to help uncover fraud and identify undetected vulnerabilities. Here are profiles of three leaders who have embraced this role.
People receiving IT security graduate degrees are highly educated, but as the Center for Internet Security's William Pelgrin says, "We have a deficit of those individuals who can pick up the ball and run with it very quickly." He's doing something about that.
"Without combining relevant data sets impacting the network, security professionals will fail in characterizing threats and targeted intruder activity," says Ed Stoner, a senior Carnegie Mellon researcher.
Gartner's Tom Scholtz doesn't see a shortage of technically skilled IT security practitioners. But he perceives a dearth of infosec pros who truly understand how security links to an enterprise's business goals.
LinkedIn contends it had on staff world-class security experts when nearly 6.5 million members' hashed passwords were pilfered, although the social media company has neither a chief information officer nor chief information security officer.