My latest @ISACA column was published today and in it, I talk about a concept called “pure risk.” It flies in the face of notions of “positive risk” that are in popular use. Understanding Pure Risk can help dispel any notion that Cyber Risk can be a good thing. You can read it here.
My latest @ISACA article was published today. In it, I focus on the notion of where our authority comes from in Information Security. Too often, in my opinion, we rely on regulation as a source of “why” when articulating control requirements. I think this is dangerous and counter to the very nature of what anContinue reading “Risk and Regulation”
My latest column for @ISACA was published today. In it I talk about the benefits of using verbal risk labels (things like high, medium, and low) and give some examples where this is helpful in the treatment of Type 1 Diabetes. This is an important concept for those like myself that are dedicated to quantitativeContinue reading “In Defense of Verbal Risk Labels”
Risk management is all about making forward-looking statements about things that may or may not come to pass. This is also known as forecasting. Read more about this in my latest @ISACA column.
In this month’s @ISACA column, I tackle politics and the orientation that risk professionals should have when working in political environments. The ethical obligations of risk professionals are not as well known as they are for other professions, but they are no less important. We have an ethical obligation to tell inconvient truths about riskContinue reading “Risk and Politics”
In my latest @ISACA column, I tackle the problem of project triage. Its a pernicious problem that many security departments have to manage: we have to check everything currently in place, yet new stuff is being added all the time. I address this problem from a risk perspective: we need to allocate our scarce securityContinue reading “Security Project Triage is all about Resource Allocation”
In this edition of the @ISACA newsletter, I tackle the common problem of shared risk ownership. The behavioral economics of this scenario makes it a challenging one to solve. I’m interested in hearing any solutions you may have found to be useful.
My @ISACA column was published recently on risk ownership. Its a problem all risk professionals have to deal with at some point in their careers: when IT is expected to own what is ultimately business risk. I use absurdity to illustrate how absurd this is ;-) You can read the column here.
In my January column for @ISACA I talk about the use of a improv technique called “yes, and…” that you can read about here. The idea is to keep the improv scene going as long as possible by working with your partner versus opposing them. If they propose something, no matter how outlandish, you assumeContinue reading “The “Yes, and…” Approach to IT Risk Mgmt”
My @ISACA column for November was published recently. You can read it here. This was a tough one to write, and not just due to the 200 word max limitation (which I still exceeded). Overall, lots of security professions tend to (I believe) unknowingly speak ill of the management of the companies for which theyContinue reading “Using Risk to Take the High Road”