Security Overlooked: Domain Name Service (DNS)

Did you know that the humble Domain Name Service (DNS) that you manage can be utilized in the detection of breaches, intrusions and malware infections within your organization? It’s true! The Domain Name Service is a foundational service used to access the Internet, so control of DNS equates to control of Internet traffic within the networks under your… 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

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! 

Buyer Beware

Fact: Companies are being breached seemingly at-will by hackers, malicious insiders, competing company entities, and nation states. Companies and consumers seem to be losing the battle. Sources of this problem are: 83 percent of organizations have no formal cyber security plan. (Source: National Cyber Security Alliance, 2012) Thousands of breaches have occurred over the last… Read More

Thank You CSO Magazine Online!

You know it’s a great day when CSO’s Bill Brenner takes an interest in your book. He posted an excerpt and some commentary today in the Security Leadership section of CSO about my book, Governance Documentation and Information Technology Security Policies Demystified which may be found here: CSO Magazine Online and I couldn’t think of a better place for… Read More

Updated: Privacy Concerns: Survey Says!

For those of you concerned about personal privacy and consumer protections, I posted an article back in September 2012 with analysis concerning mobility privacy and security concerns I had and you should too. There was some survey results and I also opened up a FCC complaint to initiate an investigation into my concerns. The article… Read More

Re-post: Your Employee Is an Online Celebrity. Now What Do You Do?

Mixing social media and on-the-job duties can be a win-win. Or not. I wanted to share an excellent article concerning an emerging issue in the workplace concerning employees with strong personal brands and potential conflicts with corporate needs and expectations. The original article is here: Personally, I considered it an excellent thought-provoking article! It points… 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

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

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

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

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

THE SECURITY TRIFECTA

The Security Trifecta An Introductory Review Information Security By the Numbers The Security Trifecta Methodology Briefings The Security Trifecta: Information Security By the Numbers The Security Trifecta: We are all in the Same Boat The Security Trifecta: Collaboration Vs. Isolation The Security Trifecta: Governance, Technology and Vigilance The Security Trifecta: Source Code, Application and Systems… Read More

Is Facebook Losing its Luster?

I’ve been trying out an opted-in email based campaign this month targeting University Teachers, Higher Education Teachers and Book Stores in the US with a simple message that includes links to the most common sources of information and purchasing options for one of my books, Governance Documentation and Information Technology Security Policies Demystified which makes… Read More

ISSA Hall of Fame recipient

Yesterday I received wonderful and humbling news from Kevin Richards, International President of the Information Systems Security Association that I’m being inducted into the ISSA Hall of Fame. In the realm of information security, this could probably be compared to the Hollywood Oscars. It is tremendously exciting and as I’ve mentioned, very humbling for me to… Read More