Month: December 2019

In Case You Missed It: Recapping Security Congress 2019

Security Congress 2019 was our largest and most in-depth cybersecurity education conference to date. Held over the course of three days in October, the event was jam-packed with more than 180 sessions (covering 18 tracks), over 200 speakers and headline-worthy keynote speakers. There was a 32% increase in overall registration from the previous year and 58% of all attendees were attending (ISC)2 Security Congress for the very first time. Attendees from more than 50 different countries came together to network and learn from their colleagues in the cybersecurity field. In addition to learning about such topics as Cloud Security, Cyber…

Looking Back – and Looking Forward to 2020

By David Shearer, CISSP, (ISC)² CEO As we celebrate our thirtieth anniversary here at (ISC)², it’s incredible to look back at the changes our industry has been through. From advances in technology, to changing policy and regulations, this field is constantly changing, so it seems right than 2019 was no different for our association. We began the year by officially launching our Professional Development Institute (PDI) as part of our mission to deliver even more value to our members. We wrapped up the year strong with our international Security Congress – our largest yet in attendance and number of programs…

A Lifeline: Patient Safety and Cybersecurity

By Lee Kim, JD, CISSP, CIPP/US, Director, Privacy and Security, HIMSS The most valuable part of the healthcare system is the patient. Patient safety is paramount in the healthcare sector. With the digitization of healthcare information, the free flow of information comes at a price. We need to be responsible stewards of healthcare information. Patients entrust us with their healthcare information and their lives. Those of us in the healthcare cybersecurity field have the unique task of protecting and securing patient information yet ensuring that the information is available on demand—especially when critical, life threatening situations arise. The Vulnerabilities of…

SSCPs: We Need Your Input

(ISC)² regularly conducts Job Task Analysis (JTA) studies to review and update the content outline (or exam blueprint) of its credentialing examinations. A JTA is the methodical process used to determine tasks that are performed by credential holders and knowledge and skills required to perform those tasks successfully. Results of the JTA study link a candidate’s examination score directly to the domain knowledge being tested. The existing exam blueprint for SSCP will be reviewed in early 2020. In preparation for the upcoming review, we would like to hear from our SSCP members regarding new and emerging IT cyber security issues…

AI and Machine Learning In Demand – Top Jobs of 2019

Last week, LinkedIn released its third-annual Emerging Jobs Report, which highlights the fastest-growing jobs around the world. Topping the list in the United States is Artificial Intelligence Specialist, with 74% annual growth over the past four years. “This is the third year in a row a role related to machine learning or artificial intelligence has topped the list, and we can only expect demand to increase,” says Guy Berger, the principal economist at LinkedIn. AI is now applied across a variety of industries, including computer software, information technology and services, higher education and consumer electronics to name a few. Indeed.com…

Job Satisfaction Is High Among Cybersecurity Workers

Cybersecurity professionals face plenty of challenges in their work – there’s always something new to learn, cyber attackers are relentless and security teams are usually short-staffed. Still, nearly two-thirds of cybersecurity professionals (66%) say they are satisfied with their jobs. But that number jumps to 72% among cybersecurity workers whose employers pay for their certifications, according to the 2019 (ISC)2 Cybersecurity Workforce Study. For professionals whose organizations pay for only part or none of their certification costs, the number drops to 63%. This is an important finding for employers who are trying to build their cybersecurity teams. Currently there is…

Cyber Threats to Healthcare on the Rise

Hospitals are set up to fight infections, but not necessarily the kind that has been plaguing healthcare institutions lately – malware. A new report estimates that cyber threats against healthcare targets increased 60% since January, surpassing the total number of threats identified in all of 2018. The most common threat targeting the healthcare industry is Trojan malware, which increased 82% in the third quarter from Q2, according to the report by Malwarebytes, Cybercrime Tactics and Techniques: The 2019 State of Healthcare. Most of the Trojan attacks involved Emotet and TrickBot, which are the two most dangerous Trojans around since 2018….

Enter to Win a Nintendo Switch While Taking FREE Professional Development Courses

(ISC)² members and associates have an exclusive opportunity to win a Nintendo Switch while earning CPEs. This participation-based contest is running until the end of December – just in time for the holidays. Fifteen winners will be chosen. Steps to complete in order to be entered to win: Members and associates must fill out a registration form for December entries, even if there has been a previous entry. Complete any (ISC)² PDI free online courses by December 31, 2019. Score at least 70% on the final assessment. Submit an end-of-course evaluation for each course completed. Participants can earn additional entries…