The CISO asked to protect names and SSNs has been handed a sysyphean task that can never be successful.
Entries Categorized as 'risk management'
by Jay Heiser | December 18, 2014 | Submit a Comment
by Jay Heiser | October 6, 2014 | Comments Off
We do not need to protect more data; we need to protect less.
by Jay Heiser | August 4, 2014 | 2 Comments
C: we are concerned about putting our email into the cloud. J: why? C: Somebody might look at it. J: Somebody can already look at it, even when you do host your email server in house. SMTP is a data leakage protocol, that isn’t designed to secure your data, but is intended to disseminate it […]
by Jay Heiser | June 19, 2014 | 1 Comment
Code Spaces, a vendor that claimed to provide secure Source Code hosting and project management support, has just been forced to admit to their customers that they’ve been sabotaged by a cyber extortionist, and they probably cannot fully recover. They put all their hopes, and all their customers’ data, into a single cloud, and it burst. […]
by Jay Heiser | April 11, 2014 | 2 Comments
Change all your passwords. Now. And then do it again in a week. Of course, there’s no evidence that any passwords have been exploited, but isn’t the lack of substantive evidence a suspicious fact in and of itself? It can be if you want it to be. My favorite presentation at the RSA Conference was […]
by Jay Heiser | April 8, 2014 | 5 Comments
Its too bad that Dick Cheney’s awkward little epistemological speech has been so thoroughly politicized, turning an important risk management principle into an opportunity for derision. Intelligence analysts, and IT analysts, need to be acutely aware of the limits of their knowledge, especially when making decisions about the how to take advantage of public cloud services. […]
by Jay Heiser | September 18, 2013 | 1 Comment
You’ve got 2 weeks to get several Petabytes of data from a dissipating cloud. Will you get it all back safely? Hundreds of Nirvanix customers are asking themselves that question right now. Although their web site remains blissfully mum about this unfortunate development, The Wall Street Journal is only one of several media organizations reporting […]
by Jay Heiser | September 13, 2013 | 2 Comments
Computer Security is dead; long live computer security.
by Jay Heiser | June 14, 2013 | 1 Comment
Gartner security analysts are being bombarded with questions about CYBER security. Is this cyber reality, or cyber hype? A few years ago, we had seriously entertained the idea of creating a sort of ‘IT Buzz Term Hype Cycle’, that would map overused prefixes across trigger, hype, disillusionment, and productivity. At the time, ‘I-‘ had reached […]
by Jay Heiser | March 28, 2013 | Comments Off
We’ve riffed for years on the distinction between “Dr. No” and “Mr/Ms Yes”, but many enterprises continue to back the security professional into the awkward far corner of the Business Prevention Department. If the risk assessor is going to be blamed for security failures, then that person is always going to be motivated to make […]