No such thing as Stress

While completing my Master’s degree a college professor made a bold statement to our class. He very directly said “There is no such thing as stress. Stress is a made up word. In order to combat it, you must call it what it is – Low-grade fear. If you recognize it for...

You are Unique

“You are unique, just like everybody else” is a quote that has a somewhat ambiguous origin. Some ascribe it to Jim Wright, others to Margaret Mead, however, it does have profound meaning when you use it as a lens to view yourself and your organization. You are unique,...

Active Cyber Defense

Active Cyber Defense NIST defines Active Cyber Defense as – Synchronized, real-time capability to discover, detect, analyze, and mitigate threats and vulnerabilities. In a nutshell, that means using strategies to actively predict, prevent, detect and combat cyber...

Sensible Cyber Security

Cyber Security on a budget   Over 88% of businesses in the United States are considered small businesses and have less than 20 employees. These businesses often do not have a robust IT department or the technical expertise to put complex Cyber security protocols...

Open Source

Open Source     I was giving a presentation a few months ago at a conference.  The presentation was on “organization cyber security”.  I touched on a few of the most common cyber security vulnerabilities and mentioned open-source software that gets downloaded onto...

Unknown Threat

While I was sitting in the CIO seat, I would be asked regularly about the latest cyber-attack.  “Does thinking about the WannaCry virus keep you awake at night?” or “How do you sleep knowing the SolarWinds hack was successful?”  My response was always the same.  I...

Why Oldsmar??

Oldsmar Florida Water Utility was hacked by cyber criminals.  (In case you missed it https://www.tampabay.com/news/pinellas/2021/02/08/someone-tried-to-poison-oldsmars-water-supply-during-hack-sheriff-says/)  The obvious question for me is why?  Many are responding to...

SolarWinds Again

SolarWinds Flares     SolarWinds seems to be the vulnerability that just keeps giving.  As is typical in the world of cyber, when a vulnerability is disclosed, it gains the spotlight and garners a great deal of attention from researchers and hackers alike.  SolarWinds...

SolarWinds

Originally post 12/30/2020 By now everyone in the IT world, and many on main street, are aware of the SolarWinds breach.  The fact that top tier firms like FireEye Security and Microsoft, among others, sustained hacks using SolarWinds to infiltrate their network...

CJIS

Criminal Justice Information Services, better known as CJIS, was established in 1992.  The CJIS Division of the FBI is an intelligence center located in West Virginia. Used by almost 18,000 law enforcement agencies across the country, CJIS gives federal, state and...