Wednesday, 15 May 2013

IT Security – the Good, the Bad and the Ugly


The Good – Wages increase for professionals in-demand

There has been an increase in the demand for skills related to security architecture and web application security according to Acumin’s latest salary index. The IT security recruitment consultancy reported that the average salary increase for similar roles in the past six months from £78,000 to £90,000 per annum, which is up from £75,000 to £90,000 in 2012. From the report, Acumin say that the reason for the salary rise is the increase in corporate web apps and a better understanding of the security risks involved.

The Bad – North Korea blames web outage on US

North Korea has stated that the US was performing cyber attacks on their servers which was preventing access to certain sites, according to reports. Some of the sites affected included the Korean Central news agency and the official Sinmun newspaper which are state-run media organisations. Foreigners and tourists in the capital Pyongyang reported that they had no internet access for several days.  South Korea denied involvement and the US has no comments. Others are suggesting hacker groups around the world are responsible, but no evidence has been found as to if it was an attack or if anyone was involved at all.

And the Ugly: Organisations strengthen their cyber insurance

Cyber insurance prices have increased dramatically. According to insurance broker Marsh, there was a 33% rise in 2012 from the year before. They found that the sectors most keen to insure themselves against the financial consequences of a data breach or cyber attack are the service and education sectors. The demand went up by 76% for the service sector and 72% for the educational sectors. 

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