Simplified Guidance on Developing a Cyber Security Baseline for the CIO and CTO

Developing a cyber security baseline can be daunting. Oftentimes the burden falls on the Chief Information Officer or Chief Technology Officer. Before implementing any tool or assessments, management should establish a security baseline.

Build a Security Program and Run It Like a Business

I recently finished the book “Traction” by Gino Wickman. Next to Scaling-Up by Verne Harnish, I think it is one of the most actionable business books I’ve ever read. Our team has informally adopted both books as part of the risk3sixty cannon. While the book is largely about building a great running business – I[…]

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,[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

New York Cybersecurity Regulations – Path to Compliance (Whitepaper)

Written March 1, 2017, the New York Financial Services Cybersecurity Regulations have been developed to address significant cybersecurity threats to the financial services industry. The regulations prescribe certain standards for a financial service company’s (“regulated entity” or “Covered Entity”) cybersecurity program for the purpose of promoting protection of customer information and protecting regulated information systems.[…]

Petya Ransomware & Mitigation Steps

They Petya Ransomeware outbreak is the second such global attack in the last couple of month. The malware is spreading using same Microsoft Windows vulnerability that was exploited by the recent WannaCry ransomware event. Symantec confirmed that Petya uses the “Eternal Blue” exploit. Microsoft released a patch for the Eternal Blue exploit in March (MS17-010), but if you have put off installing the patch[…]

Wannacry Ransomware & Mitigation Steps

A major cyberattack took place this past week. The attack impacted organizations in over 100 counties including the British National Health Service, FedEx, Spanish telecom company, Telefónica, and multiple universities in Asia. The culprit is the Wannacry ransomware worm. The worm is most commonly introduced through infected email. When the user clicks on the infected[…]