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Early this past summer 2021 a friend of mine was asking me about Executive Order 14028 on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity and I had to admit that I had largely ignored it. Frankly, I have experienced many similar bureaucratic moves in the past when it comes to cybersecurity and none seemed to have the impact that was […]

People make decisions every day that involve risk and uncertainty. Generally, we reconcile a variety of decision models using risk criteria often provided by organizational policies and/or guided by a variety of personal belief and trust systems. Many times we are forced to address ambiguous situations in uncertain ways, using uncertain terms and with uncertainty […]

Current Security Trends Reveal Difficulties in Assuring Authenticity Recently I was thinking about some of the major security challenges and problems of 2020 and going forward into 2021 like the ongoing SolarWinds supply chain mitigation issues; election fraud; the problems around disinformation and deepfakes; false flags in cyberattacks and the difficulties in making accurate attribution; […]

A Plethora of Standards and Guidance for OT / IoT Security In my research into OT and IoT systems security, I have come across a plethora of guidance and standards from various organizations and standards bodies. To some extent, this wide range of guidance is difficult to get your arms around to figure out what […]

Recently, I was talking with my daughter, the engineer, about testing. She is the lead engineer for payload integration and test for a large NASA space telescope. Our discussion got me to thinking about cyber testing and test metrics. From her space telescope perspective, it is very expensive to conduct tests, with some tests requiring […]

Many years ago I was hosting a series of workshops on a variety of security topics. One of those topics dealt with role-based, attribute-based, and policy-based access control approaches and I was lucky to get Mr. Dave Ferraiolo as one of my presenters for the workshop. Dave has been a long-time evangelist for NIST on […]

Adopting a new technology can be fun but also challenging, especially if the technology is new to the market and there isn’t a lot of veteran users around who can help teach. An emerging technology such as SOAR, which aims to converge security orchestration and automation, security incident response, and threat intelligence capabilities into single […]

Securing operational technology and IoT has just received a new compliance push as the DoD is targeting small businesses in its mandate for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. Katie Arrington, special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for acquisition and cyber within the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment of the […]