Security Researchers Identify Critical Vulnerabilities in AMD Chips: Chimera, Ryzenfall, Masterkey and Fallout

Critical Vulnerabilities in AMD Chips Security researchers at CTS-Labs, based out of Israel, disclosed 13 critical vulnerabilities and backdoors in certain AMD chips used in workstations, laptops and servers. Successful exploitation of these vulnerabilities could grant deep system access to attackers from which they could launch malware attacks undetected. The vulnerabilities are four in name:[…]

State-by-State Breakdown of Cybersecurity Legislation (Whitepaper)

As cybersecurity incidents, such as the Equifax data breach, continue to occur, states are beginning to recognize the need to impose cybersecurity requirements on companies in order to protect the personal information of individuals resident in the state. Many states’ cybersecurity laws have traditionally been focused on penalizing hackers and cybercriminals for criminal behavior. However,[…]

GDPR: Simplifying the Data Protection Impact Assessment Requirement (Whitepaper)

The EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) introduces the concept of a Data Protection Impact Assessment (“DPIA”); defined as an analysis of the risks of processing operations on the “rights and freedoms” of data subjects.This means that if your company is processing the data of individuals who are EU citizens you may have to[…]

Thoughts on Building an Information Security Program that Sticks

Most executives realize that information security (and cybersecurity) is a rising threat within their organization. This is the new normal in the digital economy. As result information security professionals that used to be viewed as technical practitioners are finding seats at the executive table and at with the board of directors. The problem for most[…]

GDPR: Simplifying the Complex Vocabulary of the General Data Protection Regulation (Whitepaper)

Approved by the European Union on April 14, 2016 and fully enforceable beginning May 25, 2018, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is arguably the most wide-reaching change to privacy requirements to date. How wide reaching is GDPR? If you are located in the EU and control or process personal data, if you offer goods or[…]

SEC Issues New Cybersecurity Guidance: What you need to know

On February 21, 2018, the SEC issued new guidance on cybersecurity disclosures for public companies. As an “interpretive release,” the new guidance interprets existing laws. In this case, the SEC has clarified the statutes that may affect reporting of cybersecurity risks and incidents. The guidance also addresses various costs and consequences of cybersecurity that should[…]

Quality Work Does Not Mean Quality Service

“Managing the Professional Services Firm” by David Maister is considered to be “core canon” among consulting professionals. Though it was originally published over 25 years ago (1993) it has aged gracefully and almost all of its content is still relevant today. One of our team’s favorite distinction, as pointed out by Maister, is the difference[…]

Information Protection: A Practical Strategy for Identifying and Controlling Your Most Valuable Data (Whitepaper)

Do you have an inventory of your Company’s most critical data and information assets? Do you know where those information assets are located throughout the Company? Do you have confidence that your most valuable information is only accessible to appropriate individuals? If you are wrestling with these questions you aren’t alone. Companies across the globe[…]

Key Due Dates and Deliverables for the NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulation

The NYDFS Cybersecurity regulation is relevant to all financial services, banking, and insurance organizations doing business in the state of New York that have 10 employees or more than $5 million in revenue. If your organization falls into that category you should be aware of the NYDFS Cybersecurity Regulation phased implementation schedule. Each of these[…]

Meltdown and Spectre – A Quick Overview

Bottom Line Up Front Security Researchers have publicly disclosed the details of CPU design flaws that are the result of design decisions made industry wide more than a decade ago to speed up processing and allow a computer’s processor to access information before it was needed. The resultant vulnerabilities, Meltdown and Spectre both exist outside[…]