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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… 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

Re-Post: C-Suite Slipping on Information Security, Study Finds

The analysis in this article is consistent with my research to date and I thought it worth sharing. I would suggest however that given the input from one of the largest audit firms creates a scenario that I refer to as the “Self-Licking Ice Cream Cone” and should be objectively consumed. It is quite ironic… Read More

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

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

HORSE WIKI: The Holistic Operational Readiness Security Evaluation wiki

Looking for the HORSE Project? Look no further! Welcome to the Holistic Operational Readiness Security Evaluation (HORSE) project Wiki. We would like to invite the information security community to participate in this open community project. The intention is ultimately to raise the proficiency level of information security auditors, security practitioners, lawyers and legal practitioners, financial… Read More

PCI – The Supermassive Small Merchant Black Hole

Existing in the commerce galaxy, the vast majority of merchants are doing “traveling” or business without proper safety controls or rather, information security controls in place. While I know of no single solution or silver bullet that can be purchased or leveraged to ensure absolute information security, there are many ways your store and customer… Read More

1 MILLION PLUS VIEWS!

I’m excited to announce that the Holistic Operational Readiness Security Evaluation (HORSE) project wiki has surpassed the 1 million mark in page views by subscribers like you. If you don’t know what the HORSE Project is, browse on over to the site and see why it is one of the best, freely available authorities in… Read More

Uninsured – Underinsured Information Highway Motorists

On the information freeway, the vast majority of the population is driving ninety miles per hour (144 KPH) without insurance; this includes business entities as well. In the United States, as in many other countries as well, the law dictates that a person possess a minimum level of automobile insurance to protect the financial stability… Read More

The PCI Challenge

It is frequently in the news.  Reports have been written.  Punitive and compensatory damages have been awarded.  Companies around the globe have been challenged to find the resources required to comply with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). The prime PCI DSS objective is to protect cardholder data. The prime objective of… Read More

New PCI Data Security Standards for Cloud Compliance

The PCI Security Standards Council’s Virtualization Special Interest Group recently published its “Information Supplement: PCI DSS Virtualization Guidelines” (the “Guidelines”) to Version 2.0 of the PCI Data Security Standard (“PCI DSS”). The Guidelines provide context for the application of the PCI DSS to cloud and other virtual environments, and offer at least three critical reminders:

What’s in a name?

Prior to April Fools’ Day, 2011, you probably had never heard of Epsilon Data Management, right? I’d wager, however, that this email marketing firm has heard of you.  In excess of 250 million email account names were pirated from the marketing services firm, vaulting this to what may be the largest breach of personal information… Read More

How E-Commerce Apps Are Putting Your Site at Risk

Article Reprint: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/How-E-Commerce-Apps-Are-Putting-Your-Site-at-Risk-70964.html?wlc=1286281687&wlc=1286300892 Many developers do not overlook security on purpose; it’s just that the focus is usually on feature and functionality, not the nuts and bolts of building a secure software application. These technical oversights can leave a relatively easy opening for attackers to leverage. Cross-site scripting or data source injection are the most… Read More

Gearing Up for the Holidays? So Are Cyber-Criminals

Article Reprint: http://risnews.edgl.com/retail-best-practices/Gearing-Up-for-the-Holidays–So-Are-Cyber-Criminals40304 The holidays typically are the peak season for merchants. Yet at such a critical time of year many retailers still leave themselves vulnerable to significant e-commerce fraud – and the corresponding lost revenue and damaged brand reputation — because they don’t enforce or implement information security best practices throughout the year. While… Read More

Weekly Digest for April 22nd

mdpeters New blog post: Weekly Digest for April 15th https://michaelpeters.org/?p=1419 [obDADkenobi]. mdpeters posted . mdpeters New blog post: Beef Stew https://michaelpeters.org/?p=1422 [obDADkenobi]. mdpeters is completing his application package for ISACA’s – Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) certification. [obDADkenobi]. mdpeters posted User:Firemedic510. mdpeters New blog post: The IT-Legal Liaison Role: A (Very) Small… Read More

Weekly Digest for April 1st

mdpeters New blog post: Weekly Digest for March 25th https://michaelpeters.org/?p=1370 [obDADkenobi]. mdpeters posted User:Imfrom51. mdpeters posted . mdpeters posted 5 items. Risk management plan File:ITRM-Lifecycle.jpg Compliance Risk management plan FISMA mdpeters New blog post: Now Reading: Irrefutable Laws of Leadership – 3 https://michaelpeters.org/?p=1376 [obDADkenobi].

A horse by any other name ….

If I were to be asked by anyone which volunteer activity I am most proud of, it would be my brain-child pet project known globally as the HORSE Project. The Holistic Operational Readiness Security Evaluation (HORSE) project has been a four year commitment to the education, enlightenment, collaboration, knowledge sharing, and awareness of the global… Read More

The lines are blurring

The legal profession, in one form or another, as existed for thousands of years. As with any activity, experience and practice helps us become more proficient, more accurate, more profound. Information security and regulatory activities are relative newcomers in the holistic picture. These pursuits also require vigilance and practice. An interesting phenomenon I believe is… Read More

Incorporation

The former Lazarus Alliance Incorporated is being reorganized as Lazarus Alliance LLC. The corporate focus will continue to be Information Security and Compliance consulting services, but, we will gradually be adding Legal services. In time, I intend on offering premiere comprehensive international services focused upon information security. Basically, Lawyers who are actually technically savvy. The… Read More