CISOs looking for a way to build credibility with senior executives - and win funding for important projects - need to drop the "just say no" approach and build a reputation as a team player, says security professor Ray Davidson.
President Obama, in his State of the Union address, says the executive order will strengthen the nation's cyberdefenses by increasing information sharing with business and developing standards to protect national security and privacy.
Britain has an IT skills gap problem, not unlike its American cousin's, as well as nearly every other nationality. Besides technical experts, society needs psychologists, law enforcers, strategists, risk managers, lawyers and accountants with cyber know-how.
Security threats to healthcare organizations are on the rise - and so are regulatory requirements. Kim Singletary of McAfee discusses the top breach prevention and response challenges for healthcare organizations in 2013.
The compromise of hundreds of payment cards, apparently tied to fraud worldwide, has been linked to a network hack affecting an Arizona supermarket chain. And the attack involved a new kind of malware, the chain says.
"We felt that it was very important to come out with this and say this was how easy it is for them to break into any U.S. company, and here's how they're doing it," The New York Times' Nicole Perlroth says.
"Cyber represents as big a threat to this country as any significant threat," Chuck Hagel says at his confirmation hearing to be defense secretary. "It's insidious, a quiet kind of threat we haven't quite seen before. It can paralyze a nation in a second."
A quick glance at a new survey suggests that businesses care more about protecting the privacy of their customers than governments do about their citizens. That's what the numbers say. But the numbers don't necessarily tell the whole story.
Using technology to prevent breaches is insufficient. Security leaders also must address the human factor, making sure staff members receive appropriate training on clear-cut policies - before it's too late.