Did you notice how some journalists ask one particular question at the end of an interview? It’s usually a good sign: "Is there anything I didn't ask you but should have?"
This question indicates curiosity to go past the obvious talking points. It shows the interviewer’s openness to considering new angles. We decided to rephrase and broaden that question and pose it to our InfoSec Luminaries:
"What's the one IT security issue that you wish journalists would cover more or better, and why?"
No media bashing or gripe-airing intended here. Reporting on IT security, computer crime, data protection and privacy - and getting it right - is tough enough. It looks like more fun from the outside (if you’re not doing it yourself ) than it actually is. We get it.
But even those in the industry who enjoy stellar media coverage can point to an issue or two that deserves more attention than it is actually getting.
The premise of this Lineup was to highlight aspects that rarely make it on page 1 of the Daily Data Breach. Perhaps we can even seed one or two story ideas. In any case, all our contributors welcome your questions if you’re a journalist covering the industry and looking for expert input or a fresh perspective on a related topic.
At Authentic8, for example, we would like to see more light shed on the web’s inherent security weakness, for better general awareness of what's needed to better protect ourselves. Below, our InfoSec Luminaries highlight the IT security issues that they think could otherwise get lost in the shuffle.
The submissions cover a broad range this time. They address gender aspects and the human element (Daniel Garrie/ Masha Simonova, Eric Vanderburg). They offer facts and insights for less dark (Fred Scholl) and more diligent (Benjamin Wright, Mike Baukes, Pete Kofod) reporting.
Another one highlights an upcoming regulatory requirement that will have a significant global impact (Steve Durbin). And we close this round with a practical reminder that WiFi connections always warrant a second look - for all of us, but for journalists in particular (Joseph Raczynski).
PS: Do you have something to add or would you like to be included in future InfoSec Luminary Lineup discussions? Connect with us through one of the links at the top of this page or use the comment form below.