Category Archives: CSO/CISO Perspectives

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…

Global Cybersecurity Standards … Another Plea

– “The Editor’s Letter,” in the May 2017 issue of the Communications of the ACM (CACM) by Moshe Y Vardi is about “Cyber Insecurity and Cyber Libertarianism.” The column is available at https://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2017/5/216316-cyber-insecurity-and-cyber-libertarianism/fulltext#…

Cybersecurity Risk Model … Implicit or Explicit Consensus?

– Whenever you engage with an online vendor or service, you must first click on the “Agree” button to indicate that you will honor the stated terms and conditions mandated by the site owner. Most individuals click the “Agree” button without thinking, knowing that activating the “Don’t…

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…

BAH, BAH, Black Sheep

– Two strikes against BAH (Booz Allen Hamilton)! First, Edward Joseph Snowden. Second, Harold Thomas Martin III. Both BAH contractors working for the NSA (National Security Agency). Will another strike against BAH mean that they are out … out of the cybersecurity contracting business, that is? No,…