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April 2010

Information Security Profession Takes Two Steps Backward

I met Bob Maley a year ago at Black Hat when a mutual friend introduced us. I'd learned about him 18 months earlier when former colleague Dennis Fisher interviewed him in the pages of Information Security magazine. His was a noteworthy story; Maley, CISO of the state of Pennsylvania at the time, built the state's information security program from nothing. In four years on the job, Maley oversaw an overhaul of ancient security policies for the state's 47 agencies. He brought in intrusion prevention technology to the state's networks and introduced identity and access management in order to get a handle on who was doing what with the state's digital assets. He did outreach with the security community in order to stay abreast of what was happening in a very fluid environment, and took what he learned to best introduce security concepts to the state government culture. And that outreach cost him his job and smudged all that good work. Maley took part in a panel at the recent RSA Conference alongside other state CISOs. He made a ...

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