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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

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

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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Spear Phishing: Don’t Take the Bait!

Following a string of high-profile incidents that began earlier this year, the healthcare industry has been highly focused on preventing ransomware attacks. IoT security has also emerged as a growing concern. However, healthcare organizations (as well as businesses in other industries) cannot afford to ignore another growing threat: spear phishing. Like regular phishing, spear phishing […]

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IoT Security: Medical Devices Are the Next Target for Hackers

Up until now, healthcare cyber Security has been focused on protecting patient data, ensuring HIPAA compliance, and, more recently, protecting systems from ransomware attacks. However, as healthcare technology advances, a new threat is emerging: the potential for hackers to attack smart medical devices such as insulin pumps and pacemakers. If IoT security is not taken […]

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5 Tips for Healthcare Cyber Security

In a previous blog, we discussed the recent epidemic of ransomware attacks on U.S. healthcare organizations and the importance of the industry taking this very serious cyber Security threat – and healthcare cyber security in general – seriously. The good news is that although a ransomware attack can bring a healthcare facility to its knees, […]

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Ransomware Attacks Show that Healthcare Must Take Cybersecurity Seriously

In a previous blog, we provided a primer on HIPAA compliance and discussed the importance of complying with this complex federal law, which is geared toward protecting patients’ private health information (PHI). While healthcare providers and healthcare industry vendors cannot afford to ignore HIPAA, a new threat has emerged and is poised to become much […]

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Hooray for Hollywood! – Hackers Hold Healthcare Hostage

Hackers Hold Hollywood Healthcare Hostage Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center paid a $17,000 ransom in bitcoin to hackers who seized control of the hospital’s computer systems holding them a healthcare hostage. The cyber assault on Hollywood Presbyterian occurred Feb. 5, 2016, when hackers using malware infected the institution’s computers, preventing hospital staff from being able to […]

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Cyber Forensics Protect the Innocent

Cyber Forensics Protect the Innocent It is always rewarding when cyber security and cyber forensics protect the innocent.  Monique Vivien Macias of KPNX 12 News Phoenix discusses with Lazarus Alliance and Continuum GRC’s CEO Michael Peters how cyber forensics has become such a vital resource in law enforcement’s toolkit. Christopher Thomas McKenna, the former Chaparral High School […]

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Defeating Cyber Security Deficits with a 1-2 Punch

Defeating Cyber Security Deficits with a 1-2 Punch Steve Morgan, a professional acquaintance who writes about cyber security for Forbes published One Million Cybersecurity Job Openings In 2016 and revealed some jaw-dropping statistics concerning the growing deficit in hiring qualified cyber security employees. To make matters worse, this chasm is exacerbated by the explosion of […]

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What the Biggest Data Breaches in Retail Have Taught Us about Cybersecurity

2014 Data Breaches by Industry With the holiday season upon us, much attention turns to the retail sector, which is expected to see unprecedented activity as shoppers in a strengthening economy take advantage of seasonal deals and yet-further-expanded shopping hours. However, overshadowing the energy of the holiday shopping season, the specter of data breaches past […]

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CIO, CISO, Eee Eye, Eee Eye Oh Crap a Data Breach!

How do you quantify the true cost of a data breach? How do you measure the costs against the benefits of eliminating risks, mitigating risks or accepting risks to your business effectively? The Lazarus Alliance executive leadership team has been the proverbial tip of the spear within the proactive cyber Security realm well before there […]

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Cyber War Waged on the United States with Massive Security Breach

Federal cyber Security breach has left millions of American citizens as casualties. Lazarus Alliance responds with proactive cyber-crime prevention. Lazarus Alliance ups the ante with proactive cyber security weapons in the corporate arsenal to fight cybercrime, corporate fraud, espionage and criminal cyber-misconduct. The egregious revelations following this security breach is that the Office of Personnel […]

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TakeDownCon 2015 Keynote Address

I’m honored to be invited to EC-Council’s TakeDownCon keynote speaker for the 2015 event. TakeDownCon brings together information security researchers and technical experts from corporate to underground industries, to a unique “Ethical Hacking” conference. In two days, they will present and debate the latest security threats, disclose current vulnerabilities, and share information crucial to the […]

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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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