8 steps to write a cloud security policy

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

The quest for good passwords

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

The Product-Process chasm – and how to bridge it

Have you implemented a firewall? An IPS? An AV? An IAM solution? A DLP? A DRM? An APT solution? A gateway proxy? An MDM solution? An SIEM? Chances are that you have answered “Yes” to at least two questions. (If not, please leave the information security industry right away and do something else. Really. Anything… Continue reading The Product-Process chasm – and how to bridge it

The mysterious disappearance of TrueCrypt

It is difficult to imagine a time without TrueCrypt. I do not even remember how I first got to know of TrueCrypt. I remember, however, moving the mouse randomly to create a new container. Young and foolish at that time, I thought it was a gimmick – not knowing that random number generation can be… Continue reading The mysterious disappearance of TrueCrypt

The Info-Sec Idiots Guide

    “Can you get us a security certificate in a week’s time?” If you have been in the infosec consulting business long enough, you will, for sure, have come across this sentence. In this post, I want to vent my frustration and tell you the answers that I actually want to give – not… Continue reading The Info-Sec Idiots Guide

The HeartBleed FAQ

The dust seems to be settling over the Heartbleed storm. Questions have been asked and answered. The experts and the newbies have voiced their opinions. This, I feel, is a good moment to answer those little questions that we have always been meaning to ask, but feared being thought of as stupid. Here is my attempt… Continue reading The HeartBleed FAQ

Terrorist Outfit Seeks ISO 27001:2013 certification

I generally write long and boring stuff about obscure standards and esoteric practices. Sometimes, I do get bored of this and want to write some fiction. I tried to be Sir Arthur Conan Doyle here. This post is my attempt at faking a news report! TORA BORA: An infamous terrorist outfit has decided to implement… Continue reading Terrorist Outfit Seeks ISO 27001:2013 certification

The truth about the information security industry

The information security industry is in doldrums. If it is not, it probably should be. For the past decade, there has been no change in the basic way we operate. For an industry that is reasonably new and supposedly at the cutting edge of technology, it has not done anything different. Don’t get me wrong… Continue reading The truth about the information security industry

The case of the missing PDCA cycle

‘My dear Watson!’ exclaimed Holmes. “You are no doubt wondering about how they work in Japan.” I looked up in surprise. I was indeed pondering about the work culture in Japan. “Have you started performing black magic, then, Holmes? There can be no other explanation to this” I spake with wide eyes. “How can you… Continue reading The case of the missing PDCA cycle

Questioning Security Paradigms

Verizon has released its annual report on data breach investigation for 2013. The data breach report is a barometer of sorts for the infosec industry. Organised survey’s about incidents and data breaches are few and far between in the the infosec world. It is surprising, however, that the industry tends to ignore key findings of… Continue reading Questioning Security Paradigms