In This Issue:
1. Editor's Note: From Adversity, Career Opportunity
2. Today's Top Story
- More IT Security Pros Filling Executive Roles
- Q&A: LJ Johnson, Nike's Global Information Security Officer
3. Breaking News
- Blogs Buzzing With Google PC Report
- Hackers Find Security Hole In BlackBerry Enterprise Server
- White House Says Web Tracking Within Guidelines
- December IM Attacks Jump 826% Over '04
- Apple's iPod Designer Gets Royal Honor
- Mozilla Readies Camino Mac Browser's Second Beta
- Niche Search Engines Scratch Out An Opportunity
- Companies Use Online Magazines To Woo Customers
- NASA Volunteers Honored For Exceptional Bravery During Hurricane
- Firewire Video Streaming App To Be Unveiled At CES
- EBay, PayPal Year's Top Phishing Targets
- Tax Prep Sites Go Live
4. Grab Bag: An iPod Enhancement
5. In Depth: The Holidays And Tech: It's A Wrap
6. Voice Of Authority: A More Secure 2006
7. White Papers: Data Backup
8. Get More Out Of InformationWeek
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"If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we
did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so
welcome." -- Anne Bradstreet
1. Editor's Note: From Adversity, Career Opportunity
On the heels of last week's penetrating series of
reports--including this analysis from the current issue of
InformationWeek--on customer-data losses comes news that
indicates corporate America just may be waking up to the severity
of the problem it has created and taking steps to focus more intently on IT
security issues by bringing those with security expertise into
high-level strategic planning.
There are several encouraging data points from a study
commissioned by International Information Systems Security
Certification Consortium. They include:
More than 70% of respondents believe they exercised more
influence on corporate executives in 2005 than in the previous
The number of information security professionals has grown
to 1.9 million worldwide, a 9% increase over last year.
The average salary among those responding to the survey in
the Americas is $96,500; in Asia-Pacific it's $46,695, and in the
study's broad-stretching region of Europe, the Middle East, and
Africa, it's $77,975. This finding shows the importance of
security is being understood the best in the Americas, including
the United States.
Survey respondents included 4,305 full-time information security
professionals in more than 80 countries, so the findings
represent a broad swath of corporate thinking on security and the
importance of protecting business data.
In analyzing the results, ISC CEO Rolf Moulton said, "This year,
professionals worldwide indicated ... they are increasingly being
included in strategic discussions with the most senior levels of
This is obviously nothing but good career news for IT
professionals. It's also good news that companies are elevating
the role of security experts in their organizations by including
them in strategic business discussions. (In a related vein,
please don't miss our IT job market outlook for 2006.)
It remains to be seen, however, whether companies actually will
follow through on the advice of their security experts. If they
do, that will mean parlaying the increased input of IT security
experts into better, more disciplined, more sensible management
and protection of data, including private information on
customers. The track record of the past year wasn't a good one,
but this is a clear sign that could be changing.
Blogs Buzzing With Google PC Report
A Los Angeles Times story says the search-engine company has been
chatting with Wal-Mart and others to sell a computer that would
run a Google-developed operating system, not Microsoft's Windows.
December IM Attacks Jump 826% Over '04
One of the major December attacks cited by a security vendor was
the "Santa" worm, which posed as an invitation to a Santa Web
site and hit users of all the major IM networks.
Companies Use Online Magazines To Woo Customers
Businesses including Procter & Gamble, Coca-Cola, and Burger King
are venturing beyond the early model of company Web sites heavy
on product promotion and coupons, emphasizing "news you can
use"--or at least fun stuff to do.
Paul Kapustka With 'Return To The Garage'
Is the bubble back? Are startups taking off again? Visit the
famous garage that is Hewlett-Packard's 1938 birthplace, and hear
an interview with Drew Lanza, partner, Morgenthaler Ventures.
Sony Settles Over Dodgy DRM Fallout (PC Pro)
Sony BMG has agreed to settle a New York state lawsuit arising
from its controversial deployment of digital-rights-management
technologies on CDs released in the United States.
Moto Blasts iRadio (Red Herring)
Despite its ROKR iTunes failure, Motorola is convinced its second
attempt at portable music will be a hit. Motorola on Tuesday
unveiled more details of its plan to take on two hot industries
with one product: its iRadio cell phone-based radio service.
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