The growing consumerization of IT, the rapid pace of change in technology, the rise of new variants of malware, and the hack attacks carried out by cybercommunities such as LulzSec and Anonymous are putting enterprise IT under tremendous pressure.
Users are increasingly bringing in their own devices for use in the enterprise, keeping IT on the hop.
Meanwhile, new technologies such as near-field communications (NFC), which not only enable mobile payments but also let users transfer files between two NFC-enabled devices by tapping them together, may be opening up new vectors of attack.
Traditional security solutions, including in-depth defense, have proved infuriatingly helpless against aggressive, highly competent hackers such as the members of LulzSec or Anonymous, who seem able to waltz into any system they like and wreak havoc freely.
Their victims include the CIA, the FBI, Sony (NYSE: SNE) and Congress.
The government and our elected officials are trying to fight back.
The Department of Homeland Services has released a list of the top 25 software weaknesses.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, is seeking comment from businesses on how to improve security.
Meanwhile, Senator Mary Bono Mack has proposed legislation making it a criminal offense not to report a security breach.
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