I was asked to write a piece about how umbrella frameworks like NIST can be incomplete without detailed implementation guidance, but also how such detailed methodologies like CVSS were also lacking. The result was this piece I wrote for the FAIR Institute.
I was also pleasantly surprised to discover that NIST released an IR draft that referenced FAIR directly as a way to tie together cyber risk and enterprise risk. You can read my hot take on this here and read the standard here.
I was very honored to be able to speak at the Inaugural Volatility and Risk Institute Conference hosted by NYU Stern, where I was interview by the inestimable Phil Venables. He write his thoughts about this here and you can watch the interview here, where you can see my amazing Zoom background (h/t to Digital Blasphemy where I’ve been a lifetime member since the late 90s)
Here is a piece I wrote for Dark Reading where I describe how to integrate MITRE ATT&CK into your risk modeling
Lastly my article on Risk Communication was published in this month’s ISACA Journal, available here. It was published as a feature article in their Human Element of Risk issue.
First off, here was my recounting of my time in Davos last month. It was a good event with lots of fascinating people, each an expert in their field.
Ian Amit (CISO, Cimpress) and I held a webinar about integrating FAIR with NIST. You can access that on-demand here.
I wrote an article about application rationalization during cloud migration for Homeland Security Today. It’s focused on the Federal Cloud Smart policy, but if you look closely, you’ll see this applies to virtually every organization. The FAIR Institute wrote about this article here.
I was quoted in Risk Management, a publication of RIMS on some predictions I made (Boards are going to be pressed for more risk quantification).
Lastly, I finalized the Risk Management Maturity Report for the FAIR Institute. You can read this here.
I’m very excited to announce that I will be speaking at the Cyber Future Dialogue in two weeks in Davos, Switzerland during the World Economic Forum. This is going to be an amazing opportunity to converse with distinguished leadership from around the world on the necessity of and practical means to operationalize cyber risk quantification and the FAIR risk methodology.
I kept busy last month, even with the holidays. Here are some updates:
I wrote a piece for ISACA about how much spending is being done in aggregate for cyber security and how we need to rationalize the controls we are spending on.
The FAIR Institute called this my manifesto here :-)
I’m also really excited that my article on Cyber Risk Prospectuses was published over in ThreatPost. I’ve been talking about this topic for about a year now. I’m not a fan of us pretending that we work for companies that won’t get hacked. It’s not if its when and being clear about how long before we expect that loss is important. The FAIR Institute summarized my point succinctly: “Admit you will probably get breached.”
First off, I’m very pleased to announce that I will be presenting again next year at the RSA Conference. My session is called “Maturing Cyber-Risk Management Practices: Framework and Next Steps” (EZCL-R01). This will be done as a Collaborative Learning Session (a new RSAC format). I’ll lead a discussion then turn it over to the room to begin analyzing their risk management program and assessing its maturity.
As a part of my new role with RiskLens, I’ve been publishing several articles. Included here is a recap of my work over the past month:
The ZombieLoad speculative execution bug raised the specter of a possible 40% hit in performance. I gave a plan to evaluate this new bug in the context of risk trade-offs here and here.
For the @ISACA newsletter, I wrote about the importance of understanding business processes when conducting risk analyses. The specific list of business concepts I thought were important are included in the article here and RiskLens promoted it here (where they called me a security nerd LOL).
I presented on integrating FAIR into the HITRUST CSF model along with Jason Martin from Highmark Health. The slides from this presentation are here.
The new DHS Binding Operational Directive requires accelerated patching for critical and high security vulnerabilities. My thoughts on this are here for Homeland Security Today.