Q&A with Mark Stevenson, keynote speaker at the upcoming RANT Conference

Without giving too much away, what will you be talking about at the RANT Conference on June 11th? I’m going to be talking about the mega trends that will affect the world and what will be required of the security industry in order to respond to them. These mega trends are part of the Big […]

Debating the importance of security awareness

It goes without saying that in this open day and age, the importance of good practice when it comes to data and sensitive information, is more pressing than it has ever been. From emails to tweets, USB sticks to smartphones, big bundles of paper tucked under your arm, printed here and there, remotely, across the […]

We could all do with talking more

There’s something to be said about good communication, whether it’s an after work chat on the crazy wages of football stars, an enlightening exchange of tweet with someone across the world on press privacy in a digital age, or a networking meeting to discuss the latest happenings in the information security and risk management industry. […]

Cyber security is in an era of ‘prominent activity’

When one of the most senior figures in British security remarks that cyber security is a global threat, you know he isn’t beating about the bushes – he’s informed, he knows, and he’s happy to spread the bad news. Jonathan Evans, director general of MI5, the British intelligence agency that works to protect the UK’s […]

Thinking about cookies

We love cookies here at Acumin. We adore them, we ‘heart’ them and dig them like we dig the Rolling Stones when they were pushing a more R&B vibe back in the Swinging 60’s. We have come across Maggie Loves Cookies recently, we have to say, they are a pretty good bet, perhaps you will […]

The anatomy of risk assessment: beneath the flesh

If you can recall, the prelude to this post applauded Thom Langford’s inventive approach to risk assessment, focusing on its clever analogy to the human body. We thought it decidedly creative, a style that can and should be used in risk management strategies. This blog, keeping in line with the lexicon used, will thus move […]

The anatomy of risk assessment: Prelude

When you’re lost for words, it is the past masters who show their perennial relevancy. Plato once said: “Human behaviour flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge.” We thought that a rather brilliant definition of what it is to be human, which is to say, the quality of existing that separates us from […]

Thinking about the unknown

“There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don’t know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don’t know we don’t know.” Back in February 2002, Donald Rumsfeld, the then US Secretary of […]

Be the muscle for the digital age

Neelie Kroes, European commissioner for digital agenda, said in a speech recently to the European Parliament Committee on Industry, Research and Energy that her ambition is to “reinforce” the European Network and Information Security Agency (Enisa) as the world moves to even greater connectivity. Globalisation in a trade sense of the word was step one […]

A Fortress or a Modern City? That is the question

Before he found international fame with his, to all intents, groundbreaking action-novel The Da Vinci Code, American author Dan Brown released a number of novels that later went on to become best-sellers. The first novel he ever released was entitled Digital Fortress, a thriller about a cryptographer who is called in by the National Security […]