According to an article in USA Today, a new Ponemon Institute poll of 591 technology managers shows that 83% indicated their organization has been a recent target of advanced threats while 81% felt that senior execs lacked awareness of the seriousness of advanced threats. Our experience confirms the validity of these statistics. The cybercrime problem is only going to get worse as more and more small and medium size businesses fall victim to online bank fraud.
The biggest challenge we see is helping the men and women who have to dedicate resources (people or money) understand (1) why they need to improve the security of their information systems, (2) the basic steps involved in improving systems security, and (3) the ancillary competitive benefits they can get from improved information systems security management.
It’s to meet this challenge that we in the Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA-LA) have embarked on an aggressive Community Outreach Program. Our objective is nothing less than to raise information security awareness throughout the Los Angeles community. This is the most important thing we can do to help our community protect itself from the scourge of cybercrime. Having successfully concluded our 2nd Annual Information Security Summit we know the time is right to bring the community together around this problem and we are dedicated to doing so.