Information Technology is radically changing. We can wrap it in terms and buzzwords like cloud, mobility, BYOD, Web 3.0, but the reality is both the sum of and more complex than the names we give it. IT is no longer in the hands of the professionals. It’s not just the devices but all aspects: the networks, the software, the services, and the infrastructure have become so ubiquitous and cost effective that any individual can own and manage their own IT.
As information security professionals how can we bring any safety or security to this explosion of IT? It’s not as bleak as it sounds. Just as the current environment is the acceleration and combination of directions and trends from the past so our existing tools and controls provide a basis to manage this new world. Don’t go looking for one technology or process to solve the problem, because there isn’t one. We must be as flexible and agile as the industry.