Here's my prediction for 2003:
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- I think we as human beings will, yet again, be the greatest threat to information security in 2003.
- I think that upper managers will take another half step or so forward in understanding exactly what their businesses and information are up against.
- It could be that security is brought into the software development lifecycle at the beginning of new projects and products.
- Perhaps end users will become a little more aware of exactly what not to do as well. If there was only a magic solution for the people problem...I do believe we'll get a little closer to figuring that out in 2003.
- Also, keep an eye out on the instant messaging wave that's only going to get bigger in 2003. I don't think we've seen anything yet regarding the security issues of this explosive technology.
About Kevin Beaver: Kevin holds a CISSP, and is President of the Atlanta-based information security consulting firm Principle Logic, LLC. He is the contributing author and editor of the upcoming book "Healthcare Information Systems, second edition" by Auerbach Publications. Kevin is a columnist for SearchSecurity.com, frequently speaks on information security and HIPAA security readiness and serves as Secretary of InfraGard Atlanta. He earned his bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering Technology from Southern Polytechnic State University and his master's degree in Management of Technology from Georgia Tech.