CRQ, Zero Trust, NACD, and Risk Treatment Options

Here is a mega update on several items I’ve been working on lately.

First, I did a podcast with ThreatConnect talking about CRQ. We did a bit of a retrospective on the FAIR book as well which was nice.

Next is a piece I wrote for ISACA about how to not over-respond to current work from home trends in this article about Zero Trust

I also wrote a piece for the NACD about how to apply cyber scenario management to better your risk management practices.

Finally I wrote this article, also for ISACA, about advanced applications of the risk treatment options and how they are not all the same.

How to Report Cyber Risk to the Board

I’m giving a webinar tomorrow based on the whitepaper I authored for ISACA: Reporting Cybersecurity Risk to the Board of Directors. It’s a free download. I cover Board reporting from the technologists perspective, covering the role of the Board and how to communicate to them in a way they understand. You can register for the webinar here

Lastly, I wrote another piece for ISACA on Zero Trust that people are finding interesting. You can check it our here

Cyentia Xtreme

In case you missed it, the Cyentia Institute published the IRIS2020 Xtreme report. I was very happy to have written the conclusions for this report. In it, I speak about how the data in the report can be useful for Board Directors. You can read the full report here.

Dark Reading quoted me in their coverage here as did Duo Security here.

Pandemic Lessons and Record Count

I was asked to write a piece for ISACA about cyber risk in the Pandemic. I used some popular memes as a bouncing off point to talk about how to manage risk in these crazy times. You can read this here.

I also had my article about why using record counts as your risk appetite is a bad idea. You can read this here.

Lastly, there was some more press on the (ISC)2 Award I won:

Positive Risk, ISACA Journal, and more NIST

ISACA asked me to write a short piece on my Journal article about risk communication. They published that here.

I also wrote a blog post for the @ISACA newsletter about the trouble with positive risk.

Lastly, NIST released an update to their ERM-Cyber integration standard and my friends at the FAIR Institute asked me to comment on it, so I wrote a short piece here.

Cyber Risk Frameworks, MITRE ATT&CK, and Risk Communication in the ISACA Journal

Welcome to your April-May Cyber Risk Update!

  • 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.




85.7% COVID-19 Free March Update!

RSA Roundup

Updates on the Monday all-day FAIR session I did with Jack Jones, Chad Weinman, and Rachel Slabotsky, as well as my Thursday session on maturing your risk management practice.

I was quoted in Financial Management Magazine here as I talked about expressing cyber risk in financial terms. RiskLens wrote about this here.

My panel session at the Cyber Future Foundation in Davos was posted online, you can watch it here:


And lastly, everyone’s business continuity plans are being stress tested this week and I imagine that there is going to be a heightened interest in BC/DR once this is all done. I did a quick podcast interview on how to factor in the Coronavirus into your cyber risk planning.

Feb Update! Davos, NIST, Cloud Smart, and Risk Mgmt Maturity

Happy February everyone!

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.