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  • A look at Microsoft’s SIR v14

    So…. I finally had a chance to finish reading the latest full edition of Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report. There’s a lot of really good info in the report. The executive summary also does a good job of highlighting key points.  That said, I had a couple of observations of my own that others might find interesting.   ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 8, 2013
  • Dueling Business Mindsets

    If there is one lesson that technologists need to understand in order to be successful, it’s that business is ultimately more about people than about process or technology.  At the end of the day, how people think, behave and operate will have be the greatest influence on the success of any organization. With that said, it has been my ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 30, 2013
  • Wise Security Investment Approaches

    A holistic approach to information security needs to address a corporate strategy for buying or building solutions. Such a strategy will have an impact on how a company looks at staffing and technology investments. There are two basic ways to look at major investments of information technology and information security: you can buy or you can ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on February 28, 2013
  • The Futility of Blaming IT

    In recent years, it has become popular sport to blame information technology (IT) departments and IT leaders for failures – real or imagined – which adversely impact business operations.  Even some technology trade journals seem unable to get through a single issue without finding some point upon which to lambast a CTO or CIO for not ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 21, 2013
  • Reading Between the Lines of Breach Notifications

    Back in September 2012, I wrote two articles for Point2Security on how to effectively handle breach notifications: The Who of Post-Breach Communication Post-Breach Communication: The Importance of How & When Sadly, to many organizations are doing something entirely different when it comes to post-breach notifications. I like to take ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on January 18, 2013
  • Job Hunting: It’s All About Relationships

    Earlier this week, I read an article about unemployment and the struggles of those coming out of college and graduate school who are seeking jobs. A surprising number of people were simply spouting the rhetoric that people who don’t have jobs are simply lazy and feeling entitled. May God have mercy on those who posted, such that they never have to ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on November 30, 2012
  • Why We Have No Online Privacy

    Earlier today, as I read a very self-serving article lamenting how online growth will be killed due to impending “Do Not Track” legislation, it became very clear to me why online privacy in the US is almost entirely non-existent. As a society in the 21st century, we have willing accepted the idea that in order to be able to obtain anything useful ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on September 21, 2012
  • Dear Recruiter: Help Me Help You

    As we head into the second half of 2012, I average about 3 to 4 calls/emails from recruiters per week.  In contrast to the overall job market which is still not doing so well, the market for information technology professionals is quite lively, especially in and around the metro areas.  Hot skills include the following: information ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on July 13, 2012
  • Making the Most of Social and Professional Networking

    As social/professional networking continues to proliferate, users and organizations alike, seek to find the ways to make the most of the growing trend.  A recent infographic shows just how complicated it can be for marketing departments to try and cover social media. Similarly, many people are wondering just how much time they need to spend ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 22, 2012
  • My Workplace Technology Wish List

    It is not every day that one gets an opportunity to put together a wish list of technology solutions that could be used to drive a modern, highly productive workplace. So, let’s begin our If Money Were No Object quest… Every office has desktops and notebooks, and they’ll continue to be useful for quite some time. To make them even more useful, ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on October 29, 2011
  • Where Netflix Went Wrong: Corporate Communications

    The good folks at Netflix recently announced a huge price hike for their customers, as they separate their DVD and streaming businesses into distinct product offerings.  If you look at the comments on the blog post where they made the announcement, you will see that the vast majority of comments fall into two categories: This no longer ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on July 13, 2011
  • To Disclose or not to Disclose

    …that is the question. Every time a software vendor experiences a vulnerability or releases patches for a serious security issue, the debate about Full Disclosure or Responsible Disclosure gains a little more steam. Just how much information should a vendor disclose about the nature of the vulnerability that it has identified, and how that ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on June 9, 2011
  • Just ask Sony…

    Why should you take your organization’s information security posture seriously? Just ask Sony.  It has been estimated that Sony will spend more than $170 million dollars due to the recent breaches they have suffered.  Personally, I think that the $170M figure is too conservative.  I expect it to get much closer to $300M than ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 31, 2011
  • Managing Technology-based Risks

    Risks exist. You would think that this is so obvious as to not need saying, but too many people appear to operate as though downplaying or ignoring risks have any impact on their reality. That sign announcing “bridge out” isn’t really concerned with how much you believe it or agree with it.  It doesn’t care if you are too busy to deal with ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on May 3, 2011
  • Reactive Security: Feel the pain in 2011+

    We are only one third of the way into 2011, but we have had some of the largest information security breaches of the decade – and the trend does not appear to be slowing down. Here are just a few of the biggest reports for the year: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Security/RSA-SecurID-Breach-Shows-Why-Everybody-Must-Stay-Vigilant-595858/ ...
    Posted to Talking Out Loud with ASB (Weblog) by Logik! on April 29, 2011
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