What the Future Holds
It's clear that data leakage and industrial espionage will continue to grow as we move toward a single world market. Industries that were historically not subjected to data leakage issues will start to see an emergence in their area as data storage becomes cheaper and competition increases.
These changes will also drive new and even more sophisticated methods of attack by insiders and data leakers. It is likely that we will see new legislation in the near future implementing stronger penalties and prison terms for those caught leaking sensitive information.
The future may also hold the emergence of a new field of expertise in information security, one that focuses solely on data leakage and industrial espionage threats.
To wrap up, there is a growing majority who believes that the information security industry is on the cusp of the next big challenge. We will need to find innovative ways to deal with data loss while managing the issues of reduced staff, unpatched systems, and anemic budgets.
It is key that we information security professionals make business leaders understand that an economic recession is exactly the time that organizations must remain vigilant when dealing with data leakage or risk the ramifications of being the next big headline.