The Business Risk of Cyber Threats to Ghana’s Banking & Financial Systems

The Cyber Security Threat Landscape Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years you most certainly have been struck in awe by the overwhelming impact of cyber security breaches in major organizations making the headline…

Future SOC

Are you waiting for something bad, or going somewhere good? A CEO asked me that once. It is one of those deep questions that more information security people need to ask themselves. In the world of cybersecurity, the conventional thinking…

These CISOs explain why they got fired

Today’s Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) leads an increasingly precarious life.Since the emergence of the job title in the late 1990s, the CISO job has become more complex - and demanding - by the day. Whereas once this was a…

Threat Intelligence Starter Resources

Creating a threat intelligence capability can be a challenging undertaking, and not all companies are ready for it. Businesses that run successful threat intelligence teams generally: Collect externally available data on threats and correlate it with internal events. Be aware…

The life of a social engineer: Hacking the human

A clean-cut guy with rimmed glasses and a warm smile, Jayson E. Street looks nothing like the stereotypical hacker regularly portrayed in movies (i.e. pale, grim and antisocial). But he is one – he just “hacks” humans. Street is a…

The Cyber Kill Chain or: how I learned to stop worrying and love data breaches

Pulling off a heist is no easy feat – and in order to prevent theft, you best understand the plan of attack. Like any good ol’ traditional heist, there are multiple stages to consider in a cyber-attack. To help prevent…

The Pyramid of Pain

To illustrate this concept, I have created what I like to call the Pyramid of Pain.  This simple diagram shows the relationship between the types of indicators you might use to detect an adversary's activities and how much pain it will cause…

The Information Security Leader, Part 1: Two Distinct Roles, Four Fundamental Questions and Three Persistent Challenges

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.” This kernel of wisdom comes from a certain high-tech headhunter in the late 1980s, who passed it on as she was helping her candidates prepare…

The Security Cost of Free Smartphone Apps

There are hundreds of thousands of them to choose from now whether you have an iPhone, an Android or some other version of smartphone. Free mobile applications sound like a great bargain, but be aware that if you aren't careful,…

Russian Threat Group Targets Clinton Campaign

Governments like to know what the leaders of rival countries are really thinking. To answer these questions, they may turn to their spy agencies, tasking them with obtaining information on policy and strategy that other countries would rather keep secret.…