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

The Nine Habits of Highly Effective Cybersecurity People

I was interviewing a manager recently about his department’s cybersecurity practices when I asked him whether they lock their paper records up at night. He said yes, they keep their files locked at all times, not just at night. I pointed to the filing cabinet in his office, where they key was still sticking out… 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