"It is time to admit what many security professionals already
know: We, as security professionals, are drastically failing
ourselves, our community and the people we are meant to protect.
Too many of our security layers of defense are broken. Security
professionals are enjoying a surge in business and growing salaries
and that is why we tolerate the dismal situation we are facing. Yet
it is our mandate, first and foremost, to protect.
"The ramifications of our failure are immense. The success of
the Internet and the global economy relies on trust and security.
Billions of dollars of ecommerce opportunities are being lost due
to inadequate security. A recent survey of U.S. adults revealed
that three times the number of respondents believed they were more
likely to be victimized in an online attack than a physical crime.
A recent Gartner survey that indicated that 14% of those who had
banked online had stopped because of security concerns, and 30% had
altered their usage. People are simply losing trust in the
"The security community is not just failing in one specific way,
it is failing across multiple categories. It is being out
"It is losing the digital battle over cyberspace."