By Tim Wilson
Jan 16, 2009
Tuesday's inauguration of Barack Obama as president may usher in some
new opportunities for the IT security industry, according to a report
published this week.
According to a Forrester Research report on the Obama administration's
potential influence on IT security, new initiatives from the White House
could cause the government to shift direction on some security
initiatives and open up new markets for some technologies.
"[Obama] has promised to make cybersecurity his top priority, declare
cyberinfrastructure a strategic asset, and appoint a national
cyberadvisor who will report directly to him," notes Khalid Kark, lead
author of the report. "He also has promised to bring together
government, industry, and academia to determine the best ways to guard
the critical government and commercial infrastructure. If these promises
become reality, the current cybersecurity landscape will change
dramatically, and as a result, will offer significant opportunities to
companies involved directly or indirectly."
Specifically, the report points to Obama's plans to strengthen federal
leadership on cybersecurity, improve e-commerce security, make
cybercrime less profitable, and protect personal data. Aside from the
obvious influx of government spending, these initiatives could affect
the industry by encouraging (or forcing) businesses to adopt more
rigorous security plans and technologies, Kark says.
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