Assessing Control Effectiveness — An Essential Part of Every Risk Assessment

Assessing Control Effectiveness — An Essential Part of Every Risk Assessment

Control effectiveness is measured by looking at the maturity of the process. Most people agree that mature processes are documented, but why? Transferring knowledge from the human brain requires conversion from tacit knowledge to explicit knowledge, so that it can be shared, reviewed, updated and tested. Think about it. If we relied on tacit knowledge [...]

European Initiatives For a More Secure Cyber World

European Initiatives For a More Secure Cyber World

Europe is poised to tackle cybersecurity headfirst with initiatives that are growing in strength and support. In 2013, the Cybersecurity Strategy for the European Union and the Commission Proposal for a Directive on Network and Information Security presented legal measures and provided incentives aimed at increasing the security of Europe's online environment. These efforts are [...]

Sony, XBox Victims Of DDoS, Hacktivist Threats

Sony, XBox Victims Of DDoS, Hacktivist Threats

Hacktivists from Anonymous and from a presumed Islamic extremist group targeted a variety of online gaming services. Services are up and running again after a denial of service took down Sony's PlayStation Network for much of Sunday, coinciding with a bomb threat on American Airlines flight 362, which carried John Smedley, president of Sony Online [...]

What Will Ease Healthcare’s Heartburn Over ‘Heartbleed’?

What Will Ease Healthcare’s Heartburn Over ‘Heartbleed’?

One of the latest breaches to hit the news took place at Community Health Systems (CHS), affecting an estimated 4.5 million patients.  According to principal security consultant and founder of TrustedSec, David Kennedy, the initial attack vector was through the infamous OpenSSL “heartbleed” vulnerability that led to the compromise of the information. What is especially [...]

Foote Partners: 2014’s Hottest IT Certifications

Foote Partners: 2014’s Hottest IT Certifications

IT certifications and premium pay With more than half of 2014 behind us, it's that time of the year where we look at IT certifications standings in real world IT. The right certifications can help earn tech workers premium pay or land the job they've been aspiring to. That's why knowing what is "hot" with [...]