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Sense of Security written by C. Warren Axelrod

C. Warren Axelrod

C. Warren Axelrod is the Chief Privacy Officer and Business Information Security Officer for a financial services company, where he interfaces with the firm’s business units to identify and assess privacy and security risks and mitigate them, to have employees become familiar with security policies, standards, and procedures, and to ensure that they are followed.

Warren was honored with the prestigious Information Security Executive (ISE) Luminary Leadership Award 2007. He also received a Computerworld Premier 100 IT Leaders Award in 2003 and his department’s implementation of an intrusion detection system was given a Best in Class award.

He represented financial services information security interests at the Y2K command center in Washington, DC during the century date rollover. He is a founder of the FS/ISAC (Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center) and served two terms on its Board of Managers. He testified at a Congressional Hearing in 2001 on cyber security.

Warren has published two books on computer management and numerous articles on a variety of information technology and information security topics, including computer and network security, contingency planning, and computer-related risks. His third book, “Outsourcing Information Security,” was published by Artech House in September 2004.

He holds a PhD in managerial economics from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and honors bachelors and masters degrees in electrical engineering, economics and statistics from the University of Glasgow, Scotland. He is certified as a CISSP and CISM.

Privacy-Changing Technologies

– Year-end was a time for reflection and prediction in the technology arena. In the Personal Journal section of the December 31, 2014 issue of The Wall Street Journal, Geoffrey A. Fowler and Joanna Stern anticipated which will be the game-changing personal technologies of the upcoming year in their…

You Say “ISAC,” I Say “ISAO”

– The White House sponsored a “Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection” at Stanford University on Friday the 13th of February, 2015 to discuss privacy, data protection and public-private cyber-threat information sharing. They invited the CEOs of major companies. Google, Facebook, Amazon…

Did Markey Miss the Mark on Vehicle Hacking?

– The staff of Edward J. Markey, U.S. Senator for Massachusetts, issued a report on February 10, 2015, called “Tracking & Hacking: Security & Privacy Gaps Put American Drivers at Risk,” which is available at…

Some Data Breaches are “Ordinary”

– Given enough time and a large number of events, it seems that we eventually become inured to major incidents. At least that is what you would think if you read David E. Sanger’s article “Countering Cyberattacks without a Playbook” in The New York Times of December 24, 2014. Here is what…

Are Social Media Bots “Good”?

– I found it really eye-opening to read Nick Bilton’s article “Phony Friends, Real Profit” which appeared on page E2 of The New York Times of November 20, 2014, and seems to be in favor of using bots to represent fakes. Either Bilton was writing with his tongue in his cheek or, if not, was…