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[ISN] RSA Preview: 5 Hot Security Worries



http://www.informationweek.com/news/security/intrusion-prevention/232601436

By Mathew J. Schwartz
InformationWeek
February 25, 2012

If there's one IT realm that hasn't been quiet over the past year, it's information security.

"It's been a crazy year. There've just been so many incidents," said Hugh Thompson, chief security strategist at People Security. "There've been so many of these--whatever you want to call them--advanced persistent threats, advanced attacks. What does it mean for big businesses and how security has to change?"

That's the big question for this year's RSA conference, which is one of the country's largest gatherings of information security aficionados. Kicking off Monday in San Francisco, here are some of the hottest security topics on tap:


1. Securing Employees' Smartphones and Tablets

Mobile devices are highly portable and easy to use. Accordingly, it's a no-brainer that employees use them to store sensitive business information. But the devices, being small and portable, have a habit of getting lost or stolen. In addition, they're increasingly under attack from growing quantities of mobile malware.

That means securing mobile devices poses a massive headache for enterprise IT groups, as evidenced by the topic's conference-paper popularity. "We started a half track this year for mobile, thinking we'd get some good submissions," said Thompson, who serves as the RSA conference's program committee chair. "As it turned out, we couldn't contain it in that half track, and they've just spilled over everywhere."

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