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The Sky Falling, NOT!

FUD: Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt.  It seems to drive the product segment of the security market, and it really annoys me.  The sky is falling.  Cybercrime is rampant.  And on, and on, and on… Let’s dial the emotion down, and look at the underlying premise.  How safe online are we really? As I look out my window, the sky is…

Information Security Themes for 2013

Everyone else is making predictions as to what will be the important information security trends in 2013.  I think they are all wrong.  Not because the writers are uninformed, just because they are unimaginative.  It’s easy to look to the past, draw a line through the dots, scale it up and to the right, and…

Myth #10: We have a security plan

We have a security plan, and I can point you to the binder that contains it.  It’s got all the sections that the consultants told us we needed: policy, risk management, personnel security, information classification, incident management and BCP.  So we must be secure! No doubt the magic binder is in the bottom of a…

Myth #9: We trust our staff

We are secure because we trust our staff.  We have a solid awareness programme, and after all, security is only a problem on the Internet.  If only it were true. We might imagine that the most common internal attackers are the IT staff as they have full and unrestricted access to all of our systems. …

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