Let’s face it. Information security risk assessments are boring. The only reason most organisations endure risk assessment is to (a) comply to a regulatory requirement or (b) to get certified on a standard that requires you to have a risk assessment. But, it does not have to be this way. Risk assessments can be very… Continue reading 5 tips to make the most of your infosec risk assessment
Verizon has released its latest data breach report specifically for protected health information (PHI) breaches. This post would be useful for healthcare services organisations that handle PHI data. They can learn from past mistakes.
The Symantec Threat Report for 2018 is out. It can be downloaded from Symantec’s site here. If you do not have the time to read the entire 89 page report, here is a brief summary and 3 key takeaways for you as an infosec professional to apply to your organisation. Before you read the report,… Continue reading The Symantec Threat Report 2018 – and 4 takeaways for the Infosec Professional
Is a bitcoin investor unknowingly supporting illegal drug trade and child pornography? Do the drawbacks of using cryptocurrency exceed the advantages to society at large? This is a topic that no one talks about. The ethics of cryptocurrency. To even begin to think about the ethics of cryptocurrency, we will need to know a little… Continue reading The ethics of bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies
If you ever want to kill your cybersecurity messenger and watch him/her die a slow and painful death inside, this is how you can go about it. This is especially applicable if you are a board member who has to sit through cybersecurity board meetings.
2017 – The year in Infosec Should I continue to call it Infosec? Or should I change with the times to call it ‘Cybersecurity’? Whatever the name, 2017 was an interesting year for information security or cybersecurity or whatever you choose to call it. Here are a few things of note that happened: This is… Continue reading 2017 – The year in Infosec
A look at what happened in infosec in 2016. An analysis of the key areas where there was action and a wish list for 2017.
Everything is moving to the cloud – a cliche we have heard so often that we have started to believe it to be true. To some extent, it is. The infosec professional has been caught on her heels about cloud security. Just when she got round to analysing the risks of virtualisation, the monster of… Continue reading 8 steps to write a cloud security policy
Passwords are easily the most talked about infosec control. Perhaps the simplest concept the explain and surprisingly hard to implement well. Allow a user to keep any password, without restriction, and she will keep her username as the password. Add complexity requirements and she will write it down. Infosec professionals take every possible measure to… Continue reading The quest for good passwords
Classifying information is a basic requirement of any information security framework. This, of course, is sound logic. If you don’t know what the value of the information is, you will not be able to handle it appropriately. The problem is not in the requirement but in the way it is implemented…