Shopping For a GRC Platform

Almost every blog entry listed here makes some reference to a Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) software tool and how it can help you manage cyber risk. But what if you don’t have one of these? What about spreadsheets? Or home grown database tools you made yourself and are certain are “good enough”? And suppose[…]

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When The Cyber War Comes Home

The modern battlefield has a new extension—cyberspace! And the modern battlefield is no longer confined to simple geographies of land masses, airspace, oceans, valleys and mountains. Better (more destructive) bombs, missiles, rockets, guns, and fighter aircraft, weren’t enough for us feisty humans. Just as the global economy has blurred once sharply defined geographical and economic[…]

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Harvesting Information From GRC Data—The Promise of Business Intelligence Tools

Thirty-five years ago, my first article was published in a professional journal. It was the outgrowth of a talk I gave at a business conference on the use of computer generated graphical information reporting. In 1987 those technologies were in their infancy. Computerized business graphics, pie, line, and bar charts, generated using desktop systems and[…]

Resilience in 2022—A Key to Cyber Risk Management

As we enter another year of challenges to business, to cyber-survival, and to living in a time where past norms of operation seem more historical than current, one is left to question what is important, and within that set, what is feasible now? There are many voices aloft across social media channels, news channels, thought[…]

When The Cyber Event Strikes Home

Over the years I’ve written about many possible cyber risks, their potential impacts upon companies, their stakeholders, clients, and associates. We’ve talked about third party risk (TPRM) and associated measures to be taken to protect, detect, remediate, and respond. Well, recently one of these events struck home, literally, and the scenario, as described to me[…]

When Comes December; Tailoring Your GRC Programs For The Coming Year

December brings more to our days than images of bright lights, holiday cheer, family gatherings, and for some, maybe a sprinkling of snow. In our work-realm of business and cyber risk management, it’s a time for reflection, refinement, and preparation for the year to come. Unless your business is retail or related, and you’re panting[…]

Moving To Zero Trust—A Process Or A Practice?

There are few buzz phrases in IT risk and security today with as much clout as “Zero Trust” and “Digital Twins”. Both represent significant departures from legacy practices that comprise much of the planning, design, and activity of current IT risk and security programs for many organizations, large and small alike. In a past posting[…]

When Come The Rains, Floods, Hurricanes, Earthquakes, and More

There is a whole category of threats to cyber risk and security often ignored despite its potential to impose catastrophic disruption and damage—business interruption! We attend to human malice in many forms, and its diverse efforts to gain unauthorized access to secure information, capture control of devices and systems, or perform all kinds of mischief[…]

The Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity—Its Impact On Your Risk Management Program

Overview“It is the policy of my Administration that the prevention, detection, assessment, and remediation of cyber incidents is a top priority and essential to national and economic security. The Federal Government must lead by example.”[1]  So states the Executive Order (EO) on Improving The Nation’s Cybersecurity! Noble by intent, and certainly appropriate, it has not[…]

Summertime, And The Cyber Risk Is Easy…

Summertime, and the living is, once again, easy—sort of. Just a few summers ago these were the days of occasional remote work, long weekends, holidays, vacations, and for some companies, shortened “summer hours”. As our work routines have made the separation of office, work, and personal time a fluid continuum, our risk perimeter and footprint[…]

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