It’s Time to Get Serious About Education Cyber Security

Back to School: Education Cyber Security K-12 school systems, colleges, and universities are being increasingly targeted by hackers, yet education cyber security is as woefully lacking as other industries, as these recent incidents illustrate: In November 2016, Columbia County School District in Georgia admitted to a breach of personal information belonging to its employees and… Read More

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,… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

In Harm’s Way: The CISO’s Dangerous Tour of Duty

I’ve been in the corporate chief information security officer’s (CISO) executive chair long enough to realize that the traditional hierarchical model of information security reporting up through the technology department has a fatal flaw. This hazard is directly associated with the inherent conflict of duties that exists by the very nature of the position. For… Read More

The Future of the Security Executive?

I was presented with a question this week that I thought was worth sharing. The question was “What you think information security executives will need to be focused on in the next 2 to 3 years in order for their organizations to be successful?” I responded with these tasks-concepts that security executives must embrace: Collaboration… Read More

Dichotomy

  As we approach retail’s favorite season, I have the unique perspective of being concerned about information security as both the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) for a commerce software company and as a customer to a plethora of retailers — some who are clients and others who are not. In effect, I’m wearing two… Read More

Western Governors University – Alumni News

My alma mater, Western Governors University, included a very nice alumni profile of yours truly in their spring 2012 newsletter. I have been a huge fan of WGU because of their progressive programming, competency approach to education, accessibility to non-traditional students, and significantly lower cost of education especially when compared to the outrageously ever-increasing costs to… 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