QOTD on 2011 as the Year of the Breach

An explosion of breaches has opened 2011 with continuing, near daily new reports, marking this year as “The Year of the Security Breach.” These breaches have been notable not just for their frequency, but for the presumed operational competency of many of the victims. The environment is changing: the boundaries of business infrastructure are being extended – and sometimes obliterated – by the emergence of cloud, mobility, social business, big data and more, while the attacks are getting more and more sophisticated, often showing evidence of extensive pre-operation intelligence collection and careful, patient, long term planning. The repercussions of these attacks are large enough to move security discussions out of technical circles and into the board room.
I have to say that I fully agree with this statement and welcome the boost in visibility (acknowledging an obvious bias on my part given my chosen area of specialty). The world is changing, under our very feet and, as a global society, we need to pay attention to these changes and take charge of the information security risks.

Note: emphasis is mine

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