Category Archives: CSO/CISO Perspectives

Will Ransomware Cause the End of the Internet as We Know It?

– Is ransomware a global cyberpandemic? If not, why not? Read on … There is an article by Samuel Greengard in the April 2021 edition of Communications of the ACM with the disturbing title “The Worsening State of Ransomware: Sophisticated, dangerous ransomware is the new normal … and…

Cybersecurity Lessons from the Pandemic: Hubris

– On Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update,”, Kate McKinnon plays Dr. Wayne Wenowdis, the all-knowing physician. In response to COVID-19 and vaccine questions, she says “we know dis,” except when “we don’t know dis.” One of the hilarious Dr. Wenowdis sketches can be viewed at (355)…

Malicious vs. Malevolent Software Programs

– I was recently criticized—and rightly so—for interpreting malware to mean “malevolent software” when indeed it is commonly used to mean malicious software, whereas malevolent is used to describe programs—malograms?! So, I decided to look up some definitions. Here is what I found.…

CISA and Desist

– It’s an old joke: “Heads I win, tails you lose,” but it can also play out in reality. How often do cybersecurity professionals end up on the wrong side of that bet? CISOs (Chief Information Security Officers) don’t seem able to get a break. They invariably get blamed, and sometimes fired,…

Cybersecurity Lessons from the Pandemic: Protection

– To paraphrase an old saying: “One person’s prevention is another person’s protection.” This may well apply to the wearing of masks during the pandemic, the efficacy of which is still being hotly debated by some. Having gone through various iterations, the argument for wearing masks has…