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[…]

Advice for Studying and Passing the CISSP Exam

This past week I sat for the (ISC)2 CISSP exam and passed on my first attempt! With the entire preparation and test taking experience still fresh on my mind, I felt I should take time to document my experience and study approach similar to when I sat for the CISA exam last year. What is[…]

Securing Corporate Wireless Access Points (WAPs)

The set of controls and conditions IT auditors look for during assessments of Wireless Access Points (WAPs) tends to vary auditor to auditor. In some cases, the IT auditor may make great suggestions for controls I have not seen many organizations put into place while in other cases, the auditor might point out the absence[…]

How to Check for Dangerous Certificates and Unsigned Windows OS Files

Sigcheck is a light weight Windows command-line utility that does an amazing job at scanning the digital certificate stores on your system for anything irregular and not part of the official Microsoft Trusted Root Certificate list. Additionally, the utility will also check the digital signatures of files and identify all unsigned files in a directory[…]

2016 Cyber Risk Reports Reveal the Need for Effective Risk Assessments to Better Allocate Resourses

As companies continue to shift data and resources to electronic formats, a trend growing faster year over year, information and cyber risks shift to the top of management’s priority list. This means that management must dedicate more resources – resources that don’t exist – to the management information risk. This shortage of human resources combined with an exponentially growing[…]

How to Improve the Broken Risk Assessment Process

I recently participated in a CIO round-table to discuss mechanisms in which management teams assess information technology risks. Almost all of the CIOs said they were performing regular risk assessments, but they also expressed a lot of concern that the assessments were performed consistently or with high quality. The major concern between the CIOs was that[…]

Differentiating Penetration Tests, Vulnerability Scans, and Risk Assessments

Penetration testing has become another hot, and often misused term in the marketplace, joining the ranks of other buzz words such as “Cybersecurity”, “Hacker” and “The Cloud”. Often times, organizations confuse penetration testing with vulnerability scans or security posture assessments (a.k.a risk assessment). While penetration testing does include utilizing vulnerability scans and overlaps with security[…]

Are Penetration Tests Worth the Risk?

I have had several conversations with executives recently about the role of penetration testing and whether or not penetration testing is worth the risk? There seems to be two schools of thought on this issue. One side argues that pen testing is inherently more risky than the risk it’s trying to mitigate, the other side calls[…]

Bridge the Gap Between Internal Audit & Enterprise Risk Management – Identify Business Drivers (PART 4)

Author’s Note: This series will help you build an ERM system that will bridge the gap between Internal Audit (IA) and Enterprise Risk Management (ERM). Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Business Drivers are typically defined by executive management with guidance from the board of directors. From an internal audit or ERM perspective, though[…]

Target 2013 Breach: Understanding the Need for Secure Network Segmentation

A recent post from Cyber Security Investigative Reporter, Brian Krebs, does a great job of reminding IT and Information Security professionals everywhere why proper Network Segmentation is so important. The post, “Inside Target Corp., Days after 2013 Breach” goes into detail about how once criminals infiltrated Target’s corporate network, they were able to run free[…]