About Michael Peters

Michael Peters is the CEO of Lazarus Alliance, Inc. and has served as an independent information security consultant, executive, researcher and author. He is an internationally recognized and awarded security expert with years of IT and business leadership experience and many previous executive leadership positions.

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Industry Contributions

It has been more than a career goal; it has been a life goal to make a real difference for the world by improving the state of information security, consumer protections, privacy, risk management, audit & compliance, fraud prevention and cyberspace law. Wherever possible, it is my mission to leave the world in a better place than when I started.

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Industry Syndication

I love the creative process. It never really matters what I'm involved or interested in; creating meaningful contributions is the objective. Whether it is writing books, software, creating art and illustrations, composing music, cooking for my family, it is always about the art and the science of the creative process that I find fulfilling.

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TakeDownCon 2015 Keynote Address

I’m honored to be invited to EC Counsel’s TakeDownCon keynote speaker for the 2015 event. This year’s theme is “Building the Cyber Briefcase: From Binary to the Boardroom”. Discussions will cover the various tools, skills, and experience a CISO needs to build and run a successful information security program. EC-Council’s CISO Summit Capital Region is an […]

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Proactive vs Reactive Cyber Security on Money Radio

Recently Michael Peters, CEO of Lazarus Alliance, spent time with David Cogan of Money Radio and eLiances discussing the differences between proactive cyber Security and reactive cyber security. You can replay the broadcast as heard on money radio. An overview of the discussion was when you think cyber security, what comes to your mind first? I’ve […]

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Resistance is NOT Futile for Cyber Insurance Casualty Insurers.

If you think that the business general liability or even purpose built cyber insurance policies will cover you in the event of a cyber-Security breach, it’s highly likely you are mistaken. In fact, it is in your carriers best business interest to deny your claim. Chances are the exemptions in your policy exclude coverage for […]

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CIO Review: Lazarus Alliance has been shortlisted for 20 Most Promising Capital Market Technology Solution Providers

It’s always rewarding when your work and accomplishments are recognized especially when it comes without warning. Like I tell people, “You never know when you are auditioning!” The message from CIO Review included: CIO Review : Lazarus Alliance has been shortlisted for 20 Most Promising Capital Market Technology Solution Providers In the last few months […]

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Low-Hanging Fruit Anyone? Why cyber-criminals are looking for you.

Cyber-crime is largely a crime of opportunity. Just like a burglar cases the neighborhood looking for easy pickings. Cyber-criminals case the Internet looking for victims who make it easier to steal from them, the companies they lead or belong to. By adhering to the Security Trifecta® and implementing a proactive cyber security strategy based in […]

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Did you know that there are only four types of cyber security incidents?

My career has been devoted to both the art and the science behind information security. When I speak of the science, I am referring to the technology and the process we immerse ourselves into as we set about securing our organizations we are charged with protecting. When I speak about the art, I am referring […]

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Do Cyber Security Breaches Determine Your Fate?

Over the past year we have seen corporate cyber security breaches decimating business value, killing companies and ending careers. Even at the highest levels within the largest corporations, no one is exempt from the damage a cyber security breach causes. Outside of traditional global war, never before have we experiences technological war quite like the […]

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The Fallacy of Despair: Why your security breach is not inevitable!

There is a growing sentiment within the business community that a Security breach affecting their company is inevitable. This is perpetuated by security professionals and providers or services and products who reinforce this mythos with statements resembling: “It’s not if your company is going to be breached but when your company is going to be […]

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Cyber Security in the Rearview Mirror

Here are some interesting facts we have discovered after analyzing the 2014 Security breach statistics. The number of U.S. data breaches tracked in 2014 hit a record high of 783 in 2014. This represents a substantial hike of 27.5 percent over the number of breaches reported in 2013 and a significant increase of 18.3 percent over the […]

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Vicariously Leeching: beware of third-party crashers

A disturbing trend is emerging within the service provider space of cloud services in the form of deceptive spin doctoring and outright deceptions in plain site. If you are a consumer of any of the plethora of services available and seeking to potentially enlist the services of the myriad of contending vendors, it behooves you to […]

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Demise of the Mighty Merchant: rampant credit card fraud and what to do about it.

In the aftermath of a payment card breach, as fraudsters race to exploit the stolen information, card issuers and affected customers take steps to mitigate risks and card processing merchants brace for impact as litigation costs increase and stock values decrease. We have even seen top executives lose their jobs over cyber breaches. Card issuers […]

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The Locksmith: Combating Crime Within Corporate Anywhere

Around about the time I was wrapping up my tenure as CISO for Colonial Bank back in 2009, I was reflecting on the lessons learned from being part of a company whose corporate soul was ripe with criminal intent. From a historical perspective, Colonial Bank became the largest bank failure of 2009 because of a $2,900,000,000.00 (Yes, […]

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OSI Model Layer 8: The Carbon Layer

Just one of the many reasons my vocation and avocation is centered on information security is that things tomorrow will not be quite the same as they were today. There is always someone innovating out there for better or worse. I cannot imagine this challenge subsiding which is quite thrilling and for some, quite distressing. Any […]

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The Death of Privacy: A Tale of Collusion and Corruption

In our technically advancing world, our personal privacy expectations must be reconsidered, re-conceived and redefined. We all expose ourselves through swipes, transactions, likes and tweets. Through handsets, television sets and mindsets, we voluntarily add our behavioral attributes to the associated handlers of our digital DNA almost entirely without consideration for personal privacy. We will review […]

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Hello Payment Card Industry (PCI) Qualified Security Assessor (QSA)

I’m honored to be joining the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) ranks. Credit card fraud and identity theft will always be a problem and it seems we continue to be painfully more and more aware of just how often it is breached by cyber-criminals. If you would like to know more about what […]

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Privacy Piracy Host, Mari Frank, Esq. Interviews Michael Peters

privacy Piracy HOST, MARI FRANK, ESQ. INTERVIEWS MICHAEL PETERS MONDAY AUGUST 25TH, 2014, AT 8AM PACIFIC TIME ON KUCI 88.9 FM IN IRVINE AND STREAMING ON WWW.KUCI.ORG   MICHAEL PETERS will discuss the following topics and more! Lazarus Alliance information Security Biggest Threat to our Global Community Don’t miss this fascinating interview with MICHAEL PETERS !   Here’s some background information about this […]

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2014 Phoenix Security & Audit Conference

I’m looking forward to presenting The Death of privacy: A Tale of Collusion and Corruption at the 2014 Phoenix Security & Audit Conference. In our technically advancing world, our personal privacy expectations must be reconsidered, re-conceived and redefined. We all expose ourselves through swipes, transactions, likes and tweets. Through handsets, television sets and mindsets, we […]

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Devil’s Due Diligence: Why your ignorance is not bliss!

  Congratulations! Felicitaciones! Mazel Tov! Gratulerer! You have been offered a new job! What a relief it’s been since your prospective employer has been putting you through the meat grinder for months. You’ve had a string of interviews that have left you exhausted and nearly breathless given you’ve been nearly holding your breath and sitting ridged […]

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Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) elections

The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) elections for international leadership positions has now opened. I’m running for a Director position and I’m asking ISSA members to please vote for me. As a career security professional, ISSA Hall of Fame and Fellow recipient, I have received so much value from this not-for-profit, international organization of information security professionals […]

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Dumb Luck: Why Security Breaches Are Like Playing Russian Roulette

“The future masters of technology must be light-hearted and intelligent. The machine easily masters the grim and the dumb.” Marshall McLuhan This quote has been a long standing personal favorite because it really illustrates on many levels the need to embrace the “Life Learner” concept; always pushing to enhance your own skill-set and capabilities. It […]

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The New Social Security: When Social Media Meets Social Engineering

The convergence is upon us all; this influx of technology intermingled with information infused now in every possible facet of our business and personal lives. We live in the presence of infinite possibilities through technology. Business is being propelled into new trajectories never before possible. Out social spheres and human interpersonal interactions have all been […]

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Hello PCA SHOP CERTIFIED® Auditor

I’m honored to be joining the privacy Compliance Association’s SHOP CERTIFIED® Auditor ranks. Consumer privacy, identity theft and fraud will always be a problem and it seems we continue to be painfully more aware of just how often it is breached by cyber-criminals, employees, corporate executives, rogue nations and even our own government. If you would […]

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Too Many Targets! Why Target isn’t the only retailer poised for a breach.

Unless you have been living without a source for current news this week, you undoubtedly have heard the bad news about Target Corporation and how hackers breached the technological defenses and stole credit-card data for roughly 40 million customers. The media frenzy focused on Target Corporation has already spawned a dozen class-action lawsuits against the […]

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Survival Guidance! Resource for SSAE 16 SOC 2 Readiness Audits

Survival Guidance! MichaelPeters.org and LazarusAlliance.com is making our auditor’s resource for assessing the procedural and technical controls free. This is a resource based on the SSAE 16 SOC 2 framework you may freely use to conduct your organization’s readiness audits. Your results are private and the output is sent to you without charge. It’s just […]

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Survival Guidance! Resource for SSAE 16 SOC 1 Readiness Audits

Survival Guidance! MichaelPeters.org and LazarusAlliance.com is making our auditor’s resource for assessing the procedural and technical controls free. This is a resource based on the SSAE 16 SOC 1 framework you may freely use to conduct your organization’s readiness audits. Your results are private and the output is sent to you without charge. It’s just […]

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Survival Guidance! FedRAMP and FISMA Resource for Assessing the Security Controls in Federal Information Systems and Organizations

Survival Guidance! MichaelPeters.org and LazarusAlliance.com is making our auditor’s resource for assessing the security controls in federal information systems and organizations free. This is a resource based on the NIST 800-53A framework you may freely use to conduct your organization’s FedRAMP, HIPAA or best practice based security audits. Your results are private and the output […]

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Survival Guidance! Resource for Implementing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule.

HIPAA Survival Guidance! MichaelPeters.org and LazarusAlliance.com is making our auditor’s resource for implementing the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule free. This is a resource you may freely use to conduct your organization’s HIPAA security audits. Your results are private and the output is sent to you without charge. It’s just on […]

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A Decade of SOX: Knowledge is your friend; Ignorance is your enemy

We are well past a decade now living with the Sarbanes Oxley Act. As one might expect, corporations, employees and auditors alike have become acclimated to the requirements so much so that the process is routine. The upside to this is that people supporting a SOX audit are pretty comfortable with the expectations and requirements. […]

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The Truth about ID Theft: No fear mongering, no snake oil, just simple advice.

After years of advising corporations, investment firms and being directly involved with helping people understand what identity theft is and making recommendations on how they might thwart criminals from turning them into victims. I decided to revisit the topic and share a simple checklist approach to prevent identity theft. With just a few simple steps […]

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