Treat Your Data Like Cash

How annoyed are you when you find out you lost some cash?  Whether it is a few bucks in your jeans pocket or that “emergency stash” under the mattress, losing that “cold hard cash” is a feeling that always twists your stomach.  Sometimes you blame yourself.  Sometimes...

Warm Holiday Wishes

As the holiday season gathers steam, we traditionally pause to take stock of our many blessings. This year we can find one in the just released U.S. National Security Strategy.  It appears we’ve won the war on climate change, and climate change is no longer a national...

An Eye on GDPR

There is a lot of talk about the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679).  And rightly so, because it will impact a great many organizations, many of which reside in the U.S.  Set to come fully into effect May 25, 2018, the GDPR...

Prepare to Defend Your Reputation

"Lose money and I will forgive you. Lose even a shred of reputation and I will be ruthless. …Wealth can always be recreated, but reputation takes a lifetime to build and often only a moment to destroy.” Warren Buffet There is widespread acknowledgement that corporate...

Controlling Your Cyber Supply Chain

Back in September, I wrote a piece that questioned whether or not you trust your network. As an extension to that piece, this piece focuses on your cyber supply chain. Let’s begin with this simple premise: you may never fully know who is a part of your cyber supply...

Beary Scary

We are slowly easing through the languorous days of fall, reluctantly trading daylight for darkness, feeling the crunch of leaves, inhaling the smoke-tinged air that marks the fullness of the season. Soon it will be All Hallows Eve, a night when witches ride high...

Have We Normalized Theft?

When did cyberattacks truly begin to concern us?  Was it the Morris worm of 1988?  One would have wished it was, but clearly this is not the case.  How about the 2008 cyberattack on USCENTCOM?  That worm, likely injected into the DoD system through a single USB key,...

A New Shakespearean Tragedy?

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead. KING HENRY V In Shakespeare’s retelling of the life of King Henry V, he has the king urging his brave soldiers forward once more, hurling themselves against the French army...

Do You Trust Your Network?

  The question seems simple enough, doesn’t it? But have you asked the question? My feeling is that not enough people actually do. Of course, a natural response may be: isn’t that a question for my IT department to answer? Yes and no (more on that in a moment)....

Cybersecurity Valuation and Your Organization

Cybersecurity is everywhere. Everybody is talking about it. Everybody is worried about it. And everybody thinks they need to do something about it. The problem is that everywhere we look, we get this general feeling that we are failing. One report suggests that only 1...