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A final aspect of the cybersecurity landscape that is worthy of attention isn’t strictly technology related but instead relates to regulation and legislation. For many years the information technology industry was left to its own devices when it came to how much energy they put into protecting information systems infrastructure. Unfortunately, the industry hasn’t been successful enough in containing such breaches. The public and eventually politicians have noticed that breaches continue to occur even as all of us move more of our lives and sensitive information online.

This has led to an increasing number of jurisdictions to introduce legislation and regulation mandating the security controls that should be present over certain types of data hosted in organizational information systems. The cybersecurity landscape has changed in that IT security staff need today not only to be conversant with the security controls available for the technologies they are responsible for managing, but also with the rules and regulations that apply to the organization’s information systems and responsibilities that must be upheld in the event that an intruder successfully breaches the organization’s systems.

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