"We're going to have to find a way to address the interests of other states to ... find common ground," Secretary of State John Kerry says. "We're just going to have to dig into it a lot deeper. I don't have a magic silver bullet to throw at you here today."
Gov. Nikki Haley devoted nearly 10 percent of her State of the State address to cybersecurity, responding to public outrage over a breach of South Carolina's tax system that exposed the records of nearly 4 million taxpayers.
If we're at war, the fight so far is unbalanced, and the U.S. should be grateful its cyberspace adversary is Iran. "We're probably not very prepared for a virtual conflict against a really competent state, such as Russia or China," says Rand Corp.'s Martin Libicki.
Like the cartoonish Kilroy peeking his head over a wall during World War II, unemployment among IT security professionals has bared its head. But don't take these stats as gospel. The data suggest 'full employment' reigns in the infosec community of workers.
The answer seems obvious, especially in the context of IT security and information risk. Yet, is it, especially when developing codes and standards, as well as funding research and development initiatives that involve taxpayer money?
The individual implementing security - the chief information officer - can't be the same as the person responsible for testing security, conducting audit and reporting on security weaknesses, South Carolina Inspector General Patrick Maley says.
President Obama has proclaimed December as Critical Infrastructure Protection and Resilience Month, and is using that declaration to continue his campaign to get Congress to enact comprehensive cybersecurity legislation.
The leaders in Congress on cybersecurity matters are the chairs of the committees that have jurisdiction over IT security. In both houses, chairmanship changes mean new lawmakers will lead legislative initiatives on cybersecurity in the 113th Congress.
South Carolina's Revenue Department went nearly a year without a chief information security officer before its tax system was hacked this summer. The agency's chief says the state couldn't find a qualified candidate for the job that pays $100,000 a year.
As seen on YouTube, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, more than any other chief executive, in or out of government, is out front leading the response to a breach of its tax system. It's been an education for the governor as well as South Carolinians.
Incorporating new concepts such as security-control overlays and placing a renewed emphasis on information assurance, the forthcoming guidance is 'a total rewrite' from the 2009 version, NIST's Ron Ross says.
Gov. Nikki Haley realizes the potential political consequences of a breach, which explains why she held three press conferences on three consecutive days to address her administration's response to a computer breach of the state's tax IT system.