ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--At the opening keynote for the 43rd annual ISACA North America Computer Audit, Control and Security (CACS) Conference in Dallas today, New York Times personal-technology columnist David Pogue predicted the two disruptive tech megatrends that will change everything—the escalating land grab by mobile phones for the performance of distinctly non-phone functions and the increasing popularity of Web 2.0 sites, where the audience provides the content.
“Calling these things 'phones' is increasingly silly,” Pogue says. “We're using them for Internet, for photography, for music, as computers...talking is an afterthought. And when this kind of always-with-you communicator meets Web 2.0, suddenly people who have never ever heard of each other can make instant connections to serve extremely specific mutual interests.”
Pogue also analyzed the impact these megatrends have on a generation of young adults, who have never known a world without the Internet and expect the instant delivery of everything.
The central role of mobile devices in people’s everyday lives and the impact this has on their workplace—especially related to the bring your own device (BYOD) to work trend—are central themes at North America CACS, the leading conference for IT audit, security and risk professionals hosted by global IT association ISACA.
“Now that every day is ‘Take Your Smartphone to Work Day,’ organizations are more challenged than ever to protect against data leakage and advanced persistent threats,” said Ramsés Gallegos, international vice president of ISACA and security strategist and evangelist at Dell. “Educating a generation of employees, who grew up on the Internet and have vastly different standards for online privacy, only adds to the difficulty.”
ISACA advises that the universal shift to mobility means that employee awareness, training, sharing of risk and an understanding of issues such as corporate reputation and intellectual property theft should be on every C-level agenda—but education must be geared to the reality of today’s nothing-but-net generation.
In addition to his role as the weekly personal-technology columnist for the New York Times, Pogue is a monthly columnist for Scientific American, an Emmy Award-winning technology correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and the host of NOVA ScienceNow. With more than 3 million books in print, Pogue is also one of the world's best-selling how-to authors.
ISACA is a global source of guidance helping IT and business leaders navigate change, manage risk and optimize the value of one of their greatest assets—information. It has more than 100,000 members in 170 countries and developed the COBIT framework, a tool for governing and managing information and technology. Its 2013 North America CACS event takes place in Dallas through 17 April. ISACA’s next conference, INSIGHTS 2013, is designed for business and IT leaders. It will be held in Berlin, Germany, from 10-12 June. For additional information, visit www.isaca.org.
With 100,000 members in 170 countries, ISACA® (www.isaca.org) is a global association providing knowledge, certifications, community, advocacy and education on information systems assurance and security, enterprise governance and management of IT, and IT-related risk and compliance. Founded in 1969, ISACA attests IT skills and knowledge through the Certified Information Systems Auditor® (CISA®), Certified Information Security Manager® (CISM®), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT® (CGEIT®) and Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control™ (CRISC™) designations. ISACA also developed and continually updates COBIT, a business framework that helps IT professionals and enterprise leaders govern and manage enterprise IT.
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