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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.

Software Assurance (SwA) and the Department of Defense (DoD)

– On December 16, 2013 the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)) issued a Request for Information (RFI) with the title “Software Assurance,” which can be found via on the FedBizOpps website at:…

Another Big Lesson from Flight MH370

– What we don’t need is another “expert opinion” as to what might have happened to the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that disappeared on the early morning of Saturday, March 8, 2014 … and (who knows?) by the time this column is posted the mystery could have been solved. We all sincerely…

Cybersecurity from the Safety Engineer’s Perspective

– The February 2014 issue of CACM (Communications of the Association of Computing Machinery) has a thought-provoking “Inside Risks” column by William Young and Nancy G. Leveson with the title “An Integrated Approach to Safety and Security Based on Systems Theory – Applying a more powerful…

Long-Term Impact of Catastrophic Events

– “Out of sight, out of mind.” So it is with many aspects of life. We forget sometimes that recovery from major catastrophes can take a very long time. It shouldn’t be surprising, therefore, to learn that the aftermath of the March 11, 2011 tsunami that hit northern Japan continues to affect…

Snowden’s Unknown Cache

– While it was not entirely unexpected, it did come as a shock to read that the National Security Agency (NSA) may never know the full extent of the information that Booz Allan contractor Edward Snowden stole. In a front page article in The New York Times of December 15, 2013, with the title…