Category Archives: Leadership

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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Security of Connected Vehicles Part II: Reference Material

Following is the list of reference material for my presentation on connected vehicles to the ISSA Infosec Summit on May 23rd. McKinsey & Company – Shifting gears in cyber security for connected vehicles NXP:  Automotive Gateway: A Key Component to Securing the Connected … Continue reading

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Security of Connected Vehicles – Part I

While there could be many definitions of what a connected vehicle is, following is how Wikipedia defines a “connected car”. “A connected caris a carthat is equipped with Internet access, and usually also with a wireless local area network. This allows the carto … Continue reading

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CISO MindMap 2018 – What Do InfoSec Professionals Really Do?

Like last year, ransomware continues to be a major issue for many organizations. One of the best things any organization can do to itself is to prepare for dealing with ransomware incidents. While ransomware is morphing into crypto currency mining … Continue reading

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Information Security Leaders Handbook

Few years ago, I wrote Information Security Leaders Handbook but it was not listed as a download on this blog. With this post, I would like to put it here and also check the level of interest from InfoSec community … Continue reading

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CISO MindMap 2017 – What Do InfoSec Professional Really Do?

Note: An updated version of CISO MindMap (2018) is published here While Ransomware may be the talk of the town these days, many other profound changes are happening in the industry that impact job of information security professionals. Keeping in … Continue reading

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