Is Your Company Below the Cyber Poverty Line? Find Out at This Month's RANT Forum

  As if being an information-security specialist wasn’t difficult enough with just the actual job of securing your employer’s systems to worry about, there’s another problem many in the field are facing. Let’s think of it as a kind of internal and external form of public relations, where the infosec professional is forced, sometimes, to […]

Password Managers: Handing over the keys to the kingdom?

Over the last several months, the password vault/manager has been on the rise; this statement is based on nothing other than the increased frequency with which they have appeared on my radar as I go about my daily business. That said it’s probably true, and some of my preferred security commentators and tech media purveyors […]

What the Sands Hack Can Tell Us about Persistent Infosec Threats

We tend to think of cyberspace as a domain where speed is of the essence. Data can be sent round the world in an instant, and response times to digital attacks need to be measured in milliseconds if they are to stand any chance of affording significant protection against the threat. In the wider information […]

So How Was It for You? Reliving RANTCon via Twitter

It was “emotional, controversial, and highly entertaining,” declared RANT Events founder Simon Hember at the close of yesterday’s second annual RANT Conference. And while he would say good things about his own event, the genuine delight that infused his valedictory address was very clearly genuine. Translating the chat-over-a-pint atmosphere of the long-running RANT Forum format […]

Moneysupermaket, GCHQ, and Our Perplexing Attitude to Privacy

GCHQ’s homepage, today. The reason for mentioning the UK’s signals-intelligence agency may not be immediately clear, but bear with me… The announcement last week of annual financial results for a price-comparison website might not appear to have anything to do with signals-intelligence or national security. But a plan unveiled to accompany Moneysupermarket.com’s 2013 results – […]

US cyber security professionals lack confidence in FISMA

Only two-fifths of Federal cyber security professionals in the US are confident in their agency’s security policy. MeriTalk, a public-private partnership that is focused on improving the outcomes of government IT, announced the results of its new report examining the state of cyber security at Federal agencies. Entitled FISMA Fallout: The State of the Union, […]

Major Incident Response Masterclass at This Month's RANT Forum

  The role of the cyber security professional may be among the most demanding in the modern business world. The type of personality who will function best in the job seems to be one that is confident and forthright, yet able to quickly admit to their own limitations. “A good CISO will say, ‘I don’t […]