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.

Did NIST Plagiarize My Security-Privacy Venn Diagram?

– .. or did I copy theirs? Or did someone else come up with it before either of us did? Nowadays, it’s really hard, if not impossible, to determine which came first. All I know is that the Venn diagram, which shows the intersection between privacy and security, and which is Figure 1 in my article…

Orwellian Behavioral Economics and Privacy Risk

– Recently, I have been looking into behavioral economics. I strongly believe that conclusions from research in this area might well be applicable and contribute significantly to our understanding of cybersecurity risk management. The underlying premise of behavioral economics, which arose from the…

The Spectre of Chip Meltdown

– The latest big-time cybersecurity scare is the discovery of vulnerabilities, named Spectre and Meltdown by researchers, in many computer processors from Intel and others, which open affected processors up to exploitation by hackers who can, as I understand the situation, use those vulnerabilities…

Privacy and the Sharing Economy

– In a previous column, I mentioned a talk with the title “Cybersecurity Challenges of Systems-of-Systems for Fully-Automated Road Vehicles,” which I delivered on November 8, 2017 at the 2017 CEWIT (Center of Excellence Wireless and Information Technology) Conference in Stony Brook, New York. In…

Is Secrecy Over?

– Is this not an incredible question? We’ve been bombarded over the past couple of decades with numerous cases of privacy compromise. But secrecy! Is nothing sacred anymore? Not if you read the November 12, 2017 New York Times article “Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A.…