Back in the days when I worked in the computer security business, I always used to say that the one thing I could always be thankful for was that there'd be no lack of work. Today, I'm thankful that all I have to do is write about security, considering the target-rich environments that information security professionals have to deal with.
This past year has been a banner year for threats. Over the last year we've reported on the growing threat of state-sponsored hackers hunting for industrial data, spying on company e-mail, and even hijacking whole Web domains. And we've also reported on how organized cybercrime syndicates and even small-time cybercriminals have found ways to steal from both businesses and their customers, with everything from point-of-sale hacks to "ransomware." And that's just the most obvious set of concerns that security pros have had this year, what with hackable toilets, detstructuve attacks on facilities' boilers, and other cyber attacks that can do physical damage.
On Tuesday, December 3, I'll be in New York City at the Harvard Club to moderate a panel hosted by the Information Security Forum, discussing the top six reasons why infosec professionals will continue to collect a paycheck in the new year. The panelists for the half-day executive seminar on the 2014 "Threat Landscape"—including ISF Global Vice President Steve Durbin and Garcia Cyber Partners principal Greg Garcia—and I will discuss ISF's forecasted top six security threats to business in 2014 and what to do about them.