How to Turn the Risk Committee Meeting into the Most Valuable Meeting on Your Calendar

Mention “Risk Committee” or “Enterprise Risk” to upper management and you will probably get an eye role. If you suggest a standing meeting about risk – it might get you fired. BUT – I believe the risk committee meeting can be the most valuable meeting on your calendar. Here’s how: Why Risk Committee Meetings Are[…]

Navigating the CMS Enhanced Direct Enrollment Audit (Whitepaper)

Beginning enrollment period 2019, all qualified health plan issuer or web-broker in the Federally-facilitated Exchange must follow the Direct Enrollment rules and obtain a CMS audit from an independent auditor to host application and enrollment services on your website. What is in the Whitepaper: 1 | CMS Requirements including business requirements audit, the security and[…]

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[…]

Takeaways from SANS SEC560- Ethical Hacking and Pen Testing

This past week I completed the SANS SEC560 – Network Penetration Testing and Ethical Hacking course at the SANS Cyber Defense Initiative in Washington DC. With the experience fresh on my mind, I wanted to share my impressions with others considering SANS training. A Quick Overview of the SANS 560 Class Experience Curriculum Overview SANS[…]

The WPA2 KRACK Vulnerability and Potential Mitigation Steps

This week, Belgian security researcher Mathy Vanhoef released a research paper documenting his discovery of a serious weakness in the WPA2 wireless protocol, which is used to secure all modern protected Wi-Fi networks. The exploit uses a technique called a Key Reinstallation Attack (or KRACK for short), which exploits a weakness in the way that[…]

Privileged Access Workstations (PAW): A Mitigation Strategy for Pass-the-Hash, Phishing, Credential Theft Attacks and more

The Windows IT Administrator tends to be the most high-risk user in the organization. IT Administrators have the potential to perform everyday user tasks with domain admin level accounts; they are most likely to have the ability to use external media in their PCs freely; and, even in the case where the admin user is thoughtfully[…]

Simplify Compliance by Creating One Set of Controls to Manage Risk (Unified Control Framework)

Heavily regulated companies spend a lot of time mapping and creating new business processes to meet compliance requirements. This is especially frustrating for businesses that face multiple compliance requirements. We see this often in the financial technology (FinTech) and healthcare technology (HIT) space. Companies like these have an almost unmanageable number of regulatory frameworks to[…]

How to Effectively Communicate Your Security and Compliance Story to Prospective Clients and Business Partners

I read an article last week about Wal-Mart forcing some of their vendors off Amazon’s cloud. Wal-Mart has an incredible amount of leverage over their vendors so my guess is that most SaaS providers probably went along with Wal-Mart’s request. This type of thing isn’t uncommon in the world of vendor management. I have personally[…]