Category Archives: CSO/CISO Perspectives

Not So Fastly

– The system failure at Fastly on June 8, 2021 portends what may well be the greatest threat to the Internet and all that it supports. In an Associated Press article by Marcio Jose Sanchez on June 9, 2021, with the title “Tuesday’s Internet Outage Was Caused By One Customer Changing A Setting,…

Krebs on Ransomware

– The Krebses—Chris and Brian—are not related, but they have both come out with positions on ransomware. Chris was the former head of DHS’s CISA (Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency), and Brian is a journalist and much-admired author (by me and many others) of the outstanding…

Don’t Count on Cybersecurity Data

– It is a common theme of mine, but one which bears repeating. We collect and disseminate all manner of data, but not so much of data which count. In an article by mathematician Hannah Fry in the March 29, 2021 edition of The New Yorker, she reviews two new books on data and statistics. The…

Inadequate Cybersecurity

– It is customary to begin an article on cybersecurity with statements about huge increases in threats and attacks and mounting cyberspace losses from fraud, identity theft, ransoms, data exfiltration, blackmail, etc. Few, who confront cyber issues daily, question such assertions, but there are some…

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…