Risk
1/16/2009
05:28 PM
Tim Wilson
Tim Wilson
Quick Hits
50%
50%

Inauguration Could Jump-Start Some Security Markets

Application security, identity management could benefit as U.S. hails new chief Obama

Tuesday's inauguration of Barack Obama as president may usher in some new opportunities for the IT security industry, according to a report published this week.

According to a Forrester Research report on the Obama administration's potential influence on IT security, new initiatives from the White House could cause the government to shift direction on some security initiatives and open up new markets for some technologies.

"[Obama] has promised to make cybersecurity his top priority, declare cyberinfrastructure a strategic asset, and appoint a national cyberadvisor who will report directly to him," notes Khalid Kark, lead author of the report. "He also has promised to bring together government, industry, and academia to determine the best ways to guard the critical government and commercial infrastructure. If these promises become reality, the current cybersecurity landscape will change dramatically, and as a result, will offer significant opportunities to companies involved directly or indirectly."

Specifically, the report points to Obama's plans to strengthen federal leadership on cybersecurity, improve e-commerce security, make cybercrime less profitable, and protect personal data. Aside from the obvious influx of government spending, these initiatives could affect the industry by encouraging (or forcing) businesses to adopt more rigorous security plans and technologies, Kark says.

These initiatives may spur the growth of some areas of security technology development, including application security, encryption, and identity and access management, the report states.

"While [identity and access management] is a huge issue that security vendors have been trying to address for a long time, government attention to the security and efficiency of [government-to-consumer] services -- as well as services in industries such as healthcare and banking/brokerage -- could be just the catalyst needed to establish identity providers, federation, and strong authentication as viable solutions to consumers," Kark observes.

Have a comment on this story? Please click "Discuss" below. If you'd like to contact Dark Reading's editors directly, send us a message Tim Wilson is Editor in Chief and co-founder of Dark Reading.com, UBM Tech's online community for information security professionals. He is responsible for managing the site, assigning and editing content, and writing breaking news stories. Wilson has been recognized as one ... View Full Bio

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2013-7441
Published: 2015-05-29
The modern style negotiation in Network Block Device (nbd-server) 2.9.22 through 3.3 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (root process termination) by (1) closing the connection during negotiation or (2) specifying a name for a non-existent export.

CVE-2014-9727
Published: 2015-05-29
AVM Fritz!Box allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary commands via shell metacharacters in the var:lang parameter to cgi-bin/webcm.

CVE-2015-0200
Published: 2015-05-29
IBM WebSphere Commerce 6.x through 6.0.0.11 and 7.x before 7.0.0.8 IF2 allows local users to obtain sensitive database information via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2015-0751
Published: 2015-05-29
Cisco IP Phone 7861, when firmware from Cisco Unified Communications Manager 10.3(1) is used, allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service via crafted packets, aka Bug ID CSCus81800.

CVE-2015-0752
Published: 2015-05-29
Cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability in Cisco TelePresence Video Communication Server (VCS) X8.5.1 allows remote attackers to inject arbitrary web script or HTML via a crafted URL, aka Bug ID CSCut27635.

Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
After a serious cybersecurity incident, everyone will be looking to you for answers -- but you’ll never have complete information and you’ll never have enough time. So in those heated moments, when a business is on the brink of collapse, how will you and the rest of the board room executives respond?