Protecting the Republican National Convention – My Reflections

As the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions are about to begin, Security Current has challenged me to reflect on an assignment I was given when I was an IT security executive at a major cable, telecommunications and Internet Service Provider. Over four years ago, I was given the opportunity to build from the ground…

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The Business of Security

More and more devices are being Internet-enabled daily. To securely drive an organization’s digital strategy, CISOs need to better understand business and new technologies across groups within the enterprise. It is critical to learn how to create value from their data, and understand technical capabilities for the whole business, not just in the IT domain,…

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Security: It’s Not the Speed that Kills

My friend Randy Marchany tweeted a link to an article “Millennials Value Speed Over Security, Says Survey”  that started me thinking about the apparent conflict between speed and security.  If you google “Agile software development,” you will see a Wikipedia page, which extensively covers the topic. “Agile software development is a set of principles for software development in…

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It’s the Data, Stupid

I was looking at Facebook the other day (yes, I know – a security guy that uses Facebook – just wait until you have grandkids and a scary message appeared at the top of the page. It was the 39 year anniversary of my employment at Columbia University. I have been working in IT for 39…

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“The Internet of Cows”

Glenn Fink, a security researcher at Pacific Northwest Labs, did a presentation called the “Internet of Cows” at a recent IEEE conference where he showed how dairy farming has become an automated, internet accessible business process. He took the discussion one step further by saying that cows make great human surrogates in the privacy debates surrounding IoT. He…

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