Pretending about Cybersecurity Risks

I have written a couple of columns comparing cybersecurity risk management to managing climate change—one with the title “Cybersecurity Climate Change” (December 10, 2018), and the other “The Cybersecurity Paradox” (June 19, 2019)—and here’s another column on the topic. It was prompted by Jonathan Franzen’s article, “What If We Stopped Pretending? The climate apocalypse is […]

Are Ransom Payments Supporting Terrorists?

Organizations, particularly those that recognize that they don’t have essential security and data recovery measures in place, have taken out cyber insurance, which they are regularly using to pay off ransomware attackers. I find it curious that these insurance companies seem to be willing to pay out these claims so readily, as there are clear […]

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