Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Improvement and Education in the Security Community

As you'll have seen from the presentations we give and the events we host, 7 Elements has always been very keen on the continued professionalisation of information security, and in helping to provide training, guidance and steer back to the community. We do get a lot of queries from individuals in IT or Information Security roles asking for more ways to get information, improve their skillset or even just to learn from others.

Many of you may be familiar with the Stack Exchange family of websites - a question and answer site using reputation weightings to help individuals find answers that they can trust.

We have been working with a new Stack Exchange site - near the end of its public beta - that aims to provide security professionals with a forum to ask or answer questions around security, risk, governance etc.

Some examples to show the range of questions already on the site:

As more and more companies allow flexible / home working, this question is very relevant:

Securing the security guy's home office: what should we do?

Although Incident Response is often handled well in larger organisations, it is very relevant for smaller companies

Establishing routines on what to do if a PC gets stolen

Security around database password hashing:

If I hash passwords before storing them in my database, is that sufficient to prevent them being retrieved by anyone?

If you deal with information or IT security, governance or risk your input could be very valuable, or if you have questions in these areas someone on the forum could help you out. Either way, have a look and see what you think.

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