Rebecca Herold – There Is No Textbook To Look To As Risks Evolve

By   ISBuzz Team
Writer , Information Security Buzz | Nov 21, 2013 10:16 am PST

‘What 2 things are most likely to change the security industry in the next 2 years? And why?’

The exponential expansion and evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) brings new opportunities for information security trail blazers that we’ve never seen before.  The potential benefits of the IoT will be huge, but just as large will be the new and constantly evolving information security and privacy risks.  This will bring a significant need for technology information security pros to also understand privacy concepts so they can implement privacy protections in all these new devices.   Even though basic information security concepts, as well as privacy concepts, will still apply, very little has been done to actually implement controls in these new technologies.  We will need folks who can recognize new information security and privacy risks, there is no textbook to look to as risks evolve.

The increased power of Big Data analytics will redefine what it means to anonymize and de-identify data.  Methods long-used will no longer be effective because of the abilities of Big Data analytics to make correlations between disparate pieces of data to reveal intimate personal details, that up until recently had been no algorithms that could produce any correlations at all. Information security pro trail blazers will need to be able to identify privacy risks associated with Big Data analytics, and be able to then create effective information security controls. Great opportunities exist for those willing to step out of their comfort zone and take chances to create security controls that, to date, have not existed.

Rebecca Herold | The Privacy Professor | CEO | @PrivacyProf

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