Author Archives: Rafeeq Rehman

About Rafeeq Rehman

Consultant, Author, Researcher.

Run Away from People with Defeatist Attitude

While negativity usually becomes very toxic for any team fairly quickly, defeatist attitude is probably the worst. Defeatists give up even before trying and urge others to do the same. They fear change. “A defeatist is the opposite of an … Continue reading

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CISO Tools to Build (or Tweak) a Cybersecurity Roadmap, Create Business Case and Request Funding

I am not telling you anything new when I say that an essential part of a CISO’s job is to build a Cybersecurity program, communicate it to stakeholders, and continuously tweak it based upon continuously changing threat landscape. Job of … Continue reading

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A 3-3-4-5 Model for CISO Strategy

Many CISOs and Infosec leaders I meet face continuous challenge to communicate their strategy that is simple and others in their organization can understand and relate to. I have created a simple model for CISOs to explain it on a single page and have found it to be an effective tool. Continue reading

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A Threat Modeling Process to Improve Resiliency of Cybersecurity Program

Many organizations with mature Cybersecurity program have implemented controls to safeguard their digital assets. However, controls can give a false sense of security as many times mere existence of a control does not mean that it is (a) adequate and/or (b) effective. Protecting crown jewels requires continuous monitoring and evaluating controls. This article describes a 5-step threat modeling process to improve resiliency of your program, identify gaps and close these gaps. Continue reading

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Verizon White Paper: CISO’s Guide to Cloud Security

Verizon security recently published a white paper titled “CISO’s Guide to Cloud Security: What to know and what to ask before you buy” that points out five steps to help decision making on purchasing Cloud products and services. For each step, the white paper also provides recommendations to consider. This is a summary of this white paper. Continue reading

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CISO MindMap 2019: What Do InfoSec Professionals Really Do?

Just like other areas of information technology, information security landscape continues to change at a fast pace. The updated CISO MindMap for 2019 covers important changes in the security landscape. In some bright areas, technologies using machine learning (ML) to … Continue reading

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Book: Cybersecurity Arm Wrestling – Chapters 1-3

Winning the perpetual fight against crime by building a modern Security Operations Center I am happy to announce that first three chapters of my book “Cybersecurity Arm Wrestling: Winning the perpetual fight against crime by building a modern Security Operations … Continue reading

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Major Security Risks and Mitigation Strategies for 2019

Many security vendors are published their threat reports and making recommendations to CISOs and other leaders for better protection of security assets. After reading many of these reports, following is a summary of major risks identified by these reports and … Continue reading

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SOC Book: Chapter 1 Available for Download

Just published first chapter draft of the my latest book: “CyberSecurity Arm Wrestling: Winning the perpetual fight against crime by building a modernSecurity Operations Center“. This chapter is available for immediate download by clicking here. The chapter covers the following … Continue reading

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