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… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
2015 Audit Anarchy Infographic
There is a huge difference in the very traditional methodology used by almost all audit firms and the proactive constant auditing methodology used by Lazarus Alliance. This infographic explains those differences along with shining a little light on some dirty techniques used by the big expensive bully firms.
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… Read More
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… Read More
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… Read More
PenTest Magazine: The Security Trifecta – IT Security Governance Demystified
PenTest Magazine just released their latest issue and my article, The Security Trifecta – IT Security Governance Demystified is included. You may find it here and also directly from the publisher here. Enjoy!
Information Security By the Numbers
The Security Trifecta is a comprehensive and innovative approach to holistic security, risk, governance and privacy coverage for the enterprise. Because the methodology is universally applicable and ultimately sustainable, it has become the perfect model for any size organization regardless of business concentration. In fact, the more critical, the more regulated, the more sensitive the… Read More
Embargo to Espionage: A Cursory Review of the Shamoon Virus
There has been very little coverage about a new usage of the latest class of cyber-weapons, specifically one dubbed the Shamoon Virus. The most likely reason for this is that it did not affect western interests more so than it did middle-eastern state interests. Specifically, the sabotage of computers at state oil giant Saudi Aramco… Read More
2012 Louisville Metro InfoSec Conference
I attended the 2012 Louisville Metro InfoSec Conference, now in it’s 10th year, as keynote speaker. The conference is a function of the ISSA Kentuckiana Chapter currently led by Randall Frietzche. Once again, they are pushing the capacity of the venue space due to the increasing popularity of this important conference. On a personal note,… Read More
Symbiotic Mutualism: A BYOD Love Story
The mass proliferation of consumer computing devices is in full force with only escalation on the horizon before us and any technologist who thinks that they can stop it or officially banish it from their little kingdoms should think again. Those troglodytes will only lead a frustrating existence in a world where resistance is truly… Read More
Risky Business: IT Security Risk Management Demystified
PenTest Magazine just released their latest issue and my article, Risky Business: IT Security Risk Management Demystified is included. You may find it here and also directly from the publisher here. Enjoy!
Risk Management CPM Model
I recently wrote an article about IT risk management and created several illustrations. One in particular stands by itself in terms of depicting a holistic view of the whole risk management life cycle in a critical path method model which I thought would be worth sharing. It would be useful to your ISO 27005 or… Read More
Freshly Rendered Graphics for The Security Trifecta
To appease the trademark gods, I had a whole series of images rendered to represent The Security Trifecta methodology and offerings. Here is an example: Thoughts?
The Security Trifecta™ episodes
I’m working on some new episodes for The Security Trifecta™ information security series and the introduction is pretty cool I think. It would be great to get your feedback. Here is a sample: [flv:https://michaelpeters.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/The-Security-Trifecta.flv 320 240]
My comments about Virtuport and MENA ISC 2012.
Several exceptional facets of MENA ISC 2012 became quite apparent to me during my attendance and participation in the Middle East North Africa Information Security Conference. First, what a truly impressive assembly of international security experts and delegates. People attending were engaged, inquisitive, and very collaborative which is a vital component in mastering the global… Read More
MENA ISC 2012 – The Security Trifecta™
It’s off to Amman Jordan today to spend the week at the Middle East North Africa Information Security Conference (MENA ISC 2012) where I’ll be presenting The Security Trifecta: Information Security by the Numbers. The concept is an accessible and highly sustainable pragmatic approach toward achieving enterprise security; both physical and digital. The Security Trifecta… Read More
Macon State College – School of Information Technology
I had the pleasure of being invited to Macon State College for an information security presentation to a great group of students and professors. We had a lively discussion about the three facets of The Security Trifecta: Governance, Technology, and Vigilance. One of the things I enjoy most are the creative minds that represent the… Read More