?What is happening today in the field of information security? Malware (includes, viruses, worms, trojans, spyware) is evolving like there biological counterparts. They are getting more clever – look at the Nyxem virus. Hackers and viruses are what make headlines. The reality is more than 70% of security incidents occur from inside an organisation – lack of staff awareness, information theft, lack of security policy. Most companies deal with incidents quickly to avoid negative publicity.
?What is the greatest challenge to a security specialist? Staying up to date with vulnerabilities. An attacker needs to only find one way in. A security person needs to ensure all the ways in are protected.
?What recommendations would you make to someone who is just starting out in the field? Get a formal qualification – you can self study for quite a few of them. Get experience – this will count more than your qualifications. Start off slow and build on what you know.