When the Witch of November Comes Stealin’

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down Of the big lake they called ‘gitche gumee’ The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead When the skies of November turn gloomy Canadian singer/songwriter Gordon Lightfoot’s iconic ballad, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald, tells the story of the ill-fated last voyage of[…]

Thank You for Your Data

“Big” leap of faith here: I’m sure you’ve heard of the phrase “no such thing as a free lunch.”  I’m equally sure that most of you believe that phrase also. By the way, how’s that “free” webmail or social media account of yours doing? I’m going to do my best to dodge the entire “terms[…]

What’s in Your Device?

Undoubtedly, you’ve heard the Capital One tagline: “What’s in your wallet?”   Well, given last week’s bombshell report from Bloomberg, The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate US Companies, it’s not unreasonable to ask: “What’s in your device?” Let’s take a step back for a moment. If you’re surprised by Bloomberg’s piece,[…]

Bigger is Bitter

The bigger the better is a worn old chestnut of an expression that has distinct applicability to certain professional sports, say basketball for example, and clear downsides when applied to adverse events. In the latter example one might more readily turn to the admonition bequeathed to us by E.F. Schumaker—“Small Is Beautiful”, or at least[…]

Cybersecurity Requires a Whole of Organization Approach

I am confident many of you have heard the phrase “whole of government” before.  Just in case you haven’t, in a nutshell, here is what it is: agencies and departments working across portfolios to execute on a shared purpose.  For some time now, I have even called for a “whole of nation” approach, specifically relating[…]

Is This Fini for Fin7? (probably not)

Yesterday the Department of Justice announced that it had arrested three Ukrainian nationals — Dmytro Fedorov, Fedir Hladyr, and Andrii Kopakov. At first blush the announcement falls well short of generating the kind of attention that would stem from announcing the arrest of Al Capone or some other legendary crime figure. However, viewed in terms[…]