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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.

Taxing Computers and Robots … Revisited

– There have been quite a few recent articles that suggest taxing robots and using the collected funds to ease the negative impact of job losses and to train workers in modern technologies (particularly cybersecurity, in my opinion). One such article is Kevin J. Delaney’s “The robot that takes…

Security and Safety Co-Engineering Revisited

– There are those who denigrate such websites as ResearchGate and Academia.edu because they are for-profit, which is a discussion that I will not get into here. If this particular argument is of interest to you, you should read the Discover magazine piece “Who Isn’t Profiting Off the Backs of…

Cybersecurity’s “Forward to the Past”

– On June 21, 2017, Congress received a letter from 103 eminent cybersecurity experts and researchers (the list was compiled by NEDC (The National Election Defense Coalition) and partners) about reducing election hacking risks. You can link to the letter via Zack Wittaker’s article “Security…

AI Systems’ Security and Safety … A No-Brainer?

– The June 2017 issue of IEEE Spectrum is devoted to comparing AI (artificial intelligence) systems to the human brain. It is a special report containing eight articles under the umbrella of “Can We Copy the Brain?” We must ask whether this a reasonable endeavor? Will it give us a better…

Conflict vs. Consensus Cybersecurity Risk Models

– I gave a presentation at the end of April 2017 on “A Consensus Model for Optimizing Privacy, Secrecy, Security and Safety” at the IEEE Homeland Security Technology Conference. The topic occurred to me when reading a quote by Brookings Institute Fellow, Susan Hennessey, as follows: “We could…