Access "Layer 8: Time to call a security specialist?"
This article is part of the January 2006 issue of How to stop data leakage
As information security becomes increasingly operationalized, will security specialists still be needed? I field an awful lot of questions along the line of, "Who should the information security staff report to?" A more apropos question would be, "Should there even be an information security function?" Those who have just finished multi-year struggles to break into the interesting field of infosecurity aren't keen to hear that they might soon become obsolete. In the early '90s, the burgeoning Internet attracted not only some pretty interesting new Web technologies, but also a growing number of businesses and hackers. Given the embryonic state of network security knowledge, and the almost nonexistent market for protective products, it was natural that security would become a specialty area. Corporate infosecurity pioneers spent a lot of time cobbling together firewalls from scratch or poorly documented kits. Although it took relatively less raw skill, cleaning viruses off of hard drives and floppy diskettes was the second biggest security time sink. Security ... Access >>>
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