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Information security in 2013 is faced with myriad challenges. The rapid pace of technological development keeps barreling full-speed ahead. As new technology develops, new threats spring up. Keeping pace with the changing technological landscape must be top priority, and staying one step ahead is even better. One of the most important aspects of staying one step ahead is ensuring continuous improvement of security analytics. In 2013, analysts will be working on refining methods in multiple areas.

Cloud-based Computing

2012 saw significant growth in cloud-based computing, accompanied by a great deal of enthusiasm from early adopters. In 2013, cloud-based computing will become more widely used by organizations and individuals of all kinds. For information security analysts, this means a continual rethinking of how to keep data safe and secure, since attacks on data security can be launched from the cloud. Cloud-based data processing requires a dramatic shift in how to approach information security and reporting.

Mobile Technology

Mobile technology, from smartphones to tablet computers, experienced tremendous growth in 2012 and 2013 will see acceleration of this trend. For information security analysts, this means that just as with cloud-based computing, data is no longer confined to delineated locations. Employees who work for organizations often have corporate data on their mobile devices. This shifting paradigm of data usage and storage calls for innovative developments in penetration testing and vulnerability reporting frameworks.

Globalization and Virtualization

Thanks to globalization and virtualization, data is literally everywhere. As a result, traditional security methodology is growing less useful and relevant. New paradigms require new solutions. In 2013, one of the greatest challenges facing information security analysts is to develop methods of conducting testing and producing vulnerability assessment reports in a manner that takes into account the increasingly rapid pace of change on all levels of computing and data storage and processing.

Tracking and Finding Patterns

Due to the complexity of today’s information security landscape, a critical new goal will be to go beyond simply finding and fixing vulnerabilities. In 2013, information security analysts will need to focus more and more on tracking and finding patterns in vulnerabilities. When analysts can find patterns common across vulnerabilities, they can then advance security reporting analytics, thereby capturing metrics from testing that can be leveraged for continuous improvement.

As traditional boundaries continue to vanish, information security is growing more complicated. Organizations want to know how they can keep their data secure in today’s rapidly changing technological environment. In 2013, information security analysts stand at the forefront of protecting data integrity by working hard to stay on top of emerging threats and keeping assessment and reporting methods up-to-date and relevant to changing times.

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