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My writing focuses on information security, with topics ranging from broad IT trends to detailed technical advice on malware. Scroll through the posts to see whether my interests overlap with yours. Follow this blog to keep up with my latest publications.

How to Write Good Incident Response Reports

Creating an informative and readable report is among the many challenges of responding to cybersecurity incidents. A good report not only answers its reader’s questions but also instills confidence in the response and enables the organization to learn from the incident. This blog highlights my advice on writing such incident reports. It’s based on the…

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My Story So Far and Your Own Career Journey

Wherever you are in your professional journey, it helps to peek into another’s career story to learn from their approach, mistakes, and triumphs. In the following three videos, I reflect on my career so far to share my story, hoping that others in the industry will find it useful. Perhaps you’ll glean from these short…

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3 Opportunities for Cybersecurity Leaders Who Choose to Stay

Several years into your role as a security leader at a company, you’ll reach a point when you ask yourself, “What’s next for me?” This article discusses three ways to proceed if you choose to stay at your current organization. (It was co-authored by Yael Nagler and Lenny Zeltser.) At this point in your CISO tenure, you…

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Distribute Cybersecurity Tasks with Diffusion of Responsibility in Mind

The notion that security is everyone’s responsibility in computer systems dates back to at least the early 1980s when it was included in a US Navy training manual and hearings in the US House of Representatives. Behind the pithy slogan is the idea that every person in the organization contributes to its security program. Even…

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How Security Can Better Support Software Engineering Teams

As the CISO at a tech company, my responsibilities include empowering our software engineering teams to maintain a strong security posture of our products. While everyone agrees that security is important, the different incentives of security and engineering teams can make it harder to collaborate. Here’s some advice on weaving security into the software development…

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A Report Template for Incident Response

Preparing for cybersecurity and data privacy incidents involves creating checklists and documented plans to enable the response team to do their best during the incident. Preparation also includes creating a template that the team can use as the basis for the incident report, which is critical to ensuring that the incident is handled well. We…

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Security Leaders Can Lower Expenses While Reducing Risk

As companies seek to optimize operations and constrain expenses, cybersecurity leaders worry about funding the projects we consider essential. Fortunately, in such an economic climate, we can achieve an outcome that benefits the organization from cybersecurity as well as financial perspectives. Here’s how. Start by critically reviewing how you’ll spend the security funds; this involves…

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Withholding Single Sign-On from SaaS Customers is Bad for Business and Security

Despite years of public shaming by security professionals, some SaaS vendors only offer Single Sign-On (SSO) in high-end “enterprise” product tiers. By withholding this capability from smaller organizations, they put customers’ security at risk. Moreover, such vendors base a pricing strategy on a weak signal and miss an opportunity to lower their own security risk….

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Three Ways CISOs Can Drive More Meaningful Collaboration

Today’s CISOs are more than technologists—we strive to make ourselves well-rounded business leaders. This involves aligning our efforts with business objectives and collaborating with colleagues who are not experts in IT or security. In fact, Gartner’s research found that top-performing CISOs regularly meet with three times as many non-IT stakeholders as they do with IT…

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Let’s Address the Cybersecurity Careers Gap

Too many people are unsure how to enter or grow in the cybersecurity industry. It’s a relatively young field, and we haven’t done a good job of defining what it means to have a career in it. Hiring managers who are worried about finding candidates because of the much-discussed cybersecurity skills gap should consider the…

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