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Economic recovery strategies for information security professionals
This article is part of the Information Security magazine issue of April 2010
During the depths of the recession last year, a global company with 1,700 employees laid off its three-member security department, along with half of its IT department, recalls Mark Kadrich, CEO of The Security Consortium, a security-services firm. "People who weren't directly associated with producing or supporting product were considered expendable," says Kadrich, who also is president of the Silicon Valley chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA). At the other end of the spectrum, growing corporate recognition of the importance of security along with ever-present compliance requirements protected some security teams from the worst effects of the recession. In between, lots of CISOs and security managers were forced to put projects on hold and stretch tight budgets. Now, with a few spotty signs of an economic recovery, what should security teams be doing to prepare for better times? What should they be focusing on to position themselves for success when a recovery takes full force? Security professionals ...
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Features in this issue
Security experts say the Zeus botnet was slowed with the shutdown of Troyak, an ISP serving a large chunk of the Zeus botnet
Security teams will continue to focus on efficiency and alignment with business as the economy recovers
Endpoint security and control for devices like thumb drives, SIM cards and mobile devices can no longer be ignored.
Today's anti-fraud technologies create gated communities for online banking.
Columns in this issue
The information security profession took two steps backwards with the firing of Pennsylvannia's CISO because of his comments on a conference panel, which illustrates the continuing disconnect between management and information security.
Is outsourcing code development a threat to national security? Marcus Ranum and Bruce Schneier go head-to-head on this topic.
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