Cybersecurity Secret Santa

One year, I asked for a video game for Christmas. This was back when video games still had cartridges and came in a very distinctive package. So when I saw this familiar shape with some Santa Claus wrapping paper around it, I knew I had gotten what I wanted. I usually had two hours after… Read More

Abundant Cybersecurity

I was talking with a fellow CISO at a conference recently and she said something that resonated with me. She had just acknowledged that she wasn’t fully staffed and that her budget was down slightly. “But we’re doing better than we ever have,” she explained. It took a few weeks for me to process this,… Read More

Cybersecurity Role Models

Every time I interview a candidate, I ask, “Who is your role model in cybersecurity?” Some candidates name famous hackers, like Kevin Mitnick. Others choose well-known journalists like Brian Krebs or a prolific writers like Bruce Schnier. One candidate said their role model was Neo from the Matrix movies. There isn’t any right answer to this… Read More

You’re Fired – Cybersecurity Apprentice

You’re fired. No, this isn’t about a politician’s catchphrase. It’s actually something I overheard at a conference last year. I was listening to two people sitting near me talk about a security incident that had happened at the woman’s company. “He should be fired,” was the other person’s immediate response. This makes me wonder if… Read More

The Next Generation of Security Professionals

Yes…that’s me and my wife, hanging out with Jeordi LaForge (LeVar Burton), Dr. Beverly Crusher (Gates McFadden), and Mr. Data (Brent Spiner).  Trek yourself before you wreck yourself. In The War of Art, Steven Pressfield says that the difference between an amateur and a professional is that the professional has a plan. According to CSO… Read More

Unsolicited Advice For Solicitors

“These are the new leads. These are the Glengarry leads. And to you they’re gold, and you don’t get them. Why? Because to give them to you is just throwing them away. They’re for closers.” –Glengarry Glen Ross This past week I got around 70 cold calls or emails from vendors I’ve never worked with… Read More