Bitcoin keeps climbing, online holiday shopping sets a new record, political stories fill headlines and another data breach or hack will remind some people of why they hate technology. Equifax, Uber, TIO Networks, the list grows daily and...oh look, another replacement credit card came in the mail today.
In response to the continuous news coverage and increased threat landscape, lawmakers and industry groups propose new standards and compliance requirements to rein in risky behavior. Vendors develop new solutions to combat evolving risks, security practitioners like myself discuss strategies to improve security and extoll the virtues of good cyber hygiene, and universities and certification bodies announce new programs to train and educate a workforce for the rapidly growing cyber field. Gartner predicts cumulative global security spending will hit the trillion-dollar mark over the next five years.