The EU may be upset with the Russians these days. But European – and US -executives are more worried about Russian cyber criminals especially as details of the Target data breach emerge. A growing number of CIOs continue to invest in anti-virus and malware software only because their auditors and regulators require them even as they see decreasing payback from that investment. US DoD is increasingly worried about “spectrum warfare” It is a infosec market in massive transition.
And it offers a massive opportunity.
I was talking to a services executive recently and he sees a significant practice opportunity in enterprise security. If he can find the people who have themselves made that transition.
Where do you find them? In Israel, where PM Netanyahu has been talking about the cyber security assets he can offer the world. In Estonia, where NATO has its cyber security center (and which has endured other cyber attacks in past). In other parts of E. Europe if you can trust the backgrounds of those active in hacker communities. In various telcos around the world. In various banks. In various intelligence agencies.
Sure you can hire individuals or small teams. But where do you build them at scale? We need a new type of paranoid IT professional. Who’s also good at pattern recognition. And good at investigation and rapid follow through.
In time we will have enough of them. But we need them sooner. Much sooner.