Prepare to Defend Your Reputation

“Lose money and I will forgive you. Lose even a shred of reputation and I will be ruthless. …Wealth can always be recreated, but reputation takes a lifetime to build and often only a moment to destroy.” Warren Buffet There is widespread acknowledgement that corporate reputation has significant value.  Calculating that value with any precision is a bit more dicey.[…]

Beary Scary

We are slowly easing through the languorous days of fall, reluctantly trading daylight for darkness,  feeling the crunch of leaves, inhaling the smoke-tinged air that marks the fullness of the season. Soon it will be All Hallows Eve, a night when witches ride high across cloud-strewn skies and spirits restlessly roam the earth below. They will[…]

Have We Normalized Theft?

When did cyberattacks truly begin to concern us?  Was it the Morris worm of 1988?  One would have wished it was, but clearly this is not the case.  How about the 2008 cyberattack on USCENTCOM?  That worm, likely injected into the DoD system through a single USB key, took about 14 months to clean up[…]

A New Shakespearean Tragedy?

Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more; Or close the wall up with our English dead. KING HENRY V In Shakespeare’s retelling of the life of King Henry V, he has the king urging his brave soldiers forward once more, hurling themselves against the French army in the early stages of what became[…]

Do You Trust Your Network?

The question seems simple enough, doesn’t it?  But have you asked the question?  My feeling is that not enough people actually do.  Of course, a natural response may be: isn’t that a question for my IT department to answer? Yes and no (more on that in a moment).  And I promise I am not trying[…]

Collateral Damage in Cyber Warfare

Hot on the heels of the infamous WannaCry ransomware attack came the less heralded and seemingly less consequential Petya cyberattack. WannaCry was big and bold, and obviously well named. Petya didn’t seem to measure up, and researchers noted that less than $10,000 was paid in ransom. However, it soon became apparent that Petya was not[…]