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Information security roles and technology shifts
This article is part of the April 2012 issue of Information Security magazine
The organizational role of the information security professional sits at a crossroads that may be more meaningful than we realize. The security world is in the midst of major changes as businesses struggle with the simultaneous evolution of technology, economics, and business applications of new technologies. We can look back at the information protection challenges that occurred when organizations first connected business systems to the Internet and consider how the role of the security manager took on expanded meaning due to new threats. The current environment may be presenting a course correction of similar magnitude for information security roles. Several new technology areas grabbing headlines at present have been on the horizon for some time, but adoption seems only now to be gaining momentum across the general business spectrum. Cloud computing, virtualization, and mobility, for example, have all existed in some usable form for years, however, each is now attaining significant degrees of technical maturity, market ...
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