Category Archives: Leadership

SASE: Technology, Transport and Service

What is it? Secure Access Service Edge or SASE is a relatively new concept. The goal is to connect users from anywhere to applications, data and services hosted in any place (Cloud, corporate data centers or Software-as-a-Service platforms). The basic … Continue reading

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Book “Cybersecurity Arm Wrestling” Published.

My latest book “Cybersecurity Arm Wrestling: Winning the perpetual fight against crime by building a modern Security Operations Center (SOC)” is published and available on amazon.com worldwide. This is a relatively short book with 11 chapters, three sections and about … Continue reading

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Final Draft of Book – Cybersecurity Arm Wrestling

The final draft of “Cybersecurity Arm Wrestling – Winning the perpetual fight against crime by building a modern Security Operations Center (SOC)” book is complete and is available for download and your comments. The book consists of ten chapters as … Continue reading

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Setting up Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT)

Once SOC analysts declare an event as a security incident, the CSIRT takes the ownership of the incident, take necessary actions and close it. The objective of CSIRT is to execute workflow for responding to the incidents once it is … Continue reading

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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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