Getting from 'Paper' Policies to Regulatory Compliance

I have lost count of the number of times I have stated the equivalent of; “Without good policies you’ll never have real security. “. Then again, security is what I do for a living, so it’s obvious to me, but clearly it’s not obvious to the thousands of organisations who think policies are just pieces of paper you use to tick a compliance box.

Then it occured to me that maybe organisations just don’t know how to take a policy and turn it into something that can be used to both demonstrate and validate adherence to a regulatory compliance regime such as GDPR or PCI. Or perhaps just as importantly, pass a due diligence audit for a potentially huge client.

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We Can All Be Successful…

…as long as WE are the ones who define success for ourselves. Otherwise 99.9% of the world’s population would fall well short.

Seems obvious, right? For example, if you take money as a measure of success, for every billionaire (~2,600 as of 2019) there are nearly 3,000,000 people who are just ‘getting by’. So for the vast majority of us, the chances of being a big success [in monetary terms] are very slim.

The same applies for any other success factor where you are comparing yourself to the world’s best, there is very little room at the top.

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Beware of the ‘Pet Rock’ Cybersecurity Vendors

In April 1975, Gary Dahl had an idea. A genius idea as it turned out, particularly when you consider that he made roughly $28 million dollars (adjusted for inflation) from something that was, to all intents and purposes, completely useless.

The Pet Rock was just that, a rock. No paint, no googly eyes, nothing, just a rock taken from Rosarito Beach, packaged up and sold for $20 each.

He sold 1.5 million of them.

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A Good Cybersecurity Consultant Never Uses the Word 'Recommend'

According to the Tinterwebs, to ‘recommend’ means to; put forward (someone or something) with approval as being suitable for a particular purpose or role.

So you might argue that this is exactly why you hire a consultant in the first place. In some professions I would absolutely agree. A doctor [for example] would not just recommend that you quit smoking, they would – and should – bloody-well insist. However, everyone on the planet already knows that smoking is stupid, so they are doing so with full knowledge of the possible consequences.

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Froud on Fraud – Cybersecurity Predictions for 2020

In 2016 I predicted that:

  1. Identity Management will begin to replace single-factor authentication;
  2. Identity Management will be decentralised onto consumer mobile devices;
  3. HOW you pay will become increasingly irrelevant;
  4. Value-Add Services and Customer Service will be the only differentiator;
  5. Loyalty Programs will begin to centralis;

Even 3 years later only 1 of these things is becoming [slightly] true (#1).

In 2017 I predicted that:

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