Recently I read something that altered my #perception of time and age – appropriate to share today, the observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. day. What do Anne Frank, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Barbara Walters have in common? They were all born in the same year – 1929. We perceive Anne Frank as always being the child that kept the diary and was sent to the concentration camp. MLK will always be the 39 year old minister and activist who was assassinated in Memphis. And Barbara Walters, gracefully turning 90 this year while still making appearances in the public eye. This is just one example about how our perception of time is often faulty. This same weakness can lead to #security blindspots as[…]

Cyber security is a hot area for #startups. Just in the greater DC metro, there are 3 incubators that focus on cyber security, many startups, and many more in the orbit – from funds to investors to advisors. A walk around the RSA or Black Hat expo floors will show you a lot of money is being spent to create some of the next big things. Some are new takes on existing products. Many are hyper-specialized solutions trying to fill a need that only exists for a few with *very* deep pockets. Very few are truly #innovative. As is typical with startups, #cybersecurity have a low success rate. This weekend Synopsys acquired Tinfoil Security. The dollar value was so low that Synopsys stated the[…]

In some ways, today feels like the first day of #spring. My inbox is filling with messages of Happy New Year, and my phone is ringing with its usual blend of solicitor calls and potential clients. Many are just getting up to speed after some time off spent with friends and family. With the re-connection comes a realization. What happened when you took your eye off the ball? Were you subject to a #phishingattack or #ransomware? What is the state of your #securityoperations? Many probably took the ostrich approach and buried their head in the sand. For those that didn’t, what enables you to truly #relax and enjoy your time?

Tomorrow is the first day of 2020. Not just a new year, but a phrase we use to describe perfect vision. What are you going to do in #2020 so that when you look back on it, it will be as if you had 20/20 vision? My recommendation is to work toward being more #proactive. The best approach to health is to see your doctor regularly, get annual physicals, and have open and regular communication. Follow their advice to eat healthy and exercise more. You don’t want to end up in the emergency room with a serious illness or injury. The same is true for your #digital health. Consult your #security professional, have open and regular communication. Take the steps they recommend to make positive[…]

I often talk about #experience and #security. I don’t see them as mutually exclusive; you can have both great experience and strong security. People are making a different trade-off on a regular basis and aren’t considering the ramifications. I’m speaking about #privacy vs. #convenience. The explosion of smartphones and apps have afforded us tremendous convenience. Much of that comes at a price – reducing our privacy. Yes, it’s convenient to get deals at your favorite store, or be alerted to changing traffic or weather conditions, or get alerted to sports updates in real time. To deliver these services, the applications require information about you. What stores you like, where you are, where you live and work, what your favorite teams are. Most have very little regard[…]

I often tell people that #security is not a thing you can buy. It’s a feeling. You do something and it makes you feel secure. Businesses spend a lot of money on products in the top-right of a #Gartner magic quadrant to feel better. They see “improve security” as a goal, and equate spending on the tool with accomplishment of that goal. No tool is a silver bullet; it won’t prevent every imaginable risk. You find a gap, and it makes you feel insecure. Next year you budget for a tool that fills that gap. And that tool has a gap, and you repeat the process every year. The spending spins out of control… and you’re no closer to that feeling of security. An[…]