Making Vendor Risk Management Part of Your Security Strategy

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When we think of Vendor Risk Management (VRM), there’s usually a policy or a procedure, possibly even a process to follow – and for good reason. The consistent approach that effective VRM gives you should lead to lower financial and strategic risks, increased admin efficiencies, reduced costs and quicker onboarding of suppliers.

A painful lessons this year has taught businesses is that they are only as resilient as the vendors they rely on. A promise is only ...

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How the pandemic changed everything and nothing

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This is a quick look back over the last six months or so: what’s changed in the world of work and cybersecurity and how businesses have responded. I wasn’t sure how to title this post. I don’t think words like ‘review’, ‘lessons learned’ or ‘takeaways’ really do the scale of the situation, but ‘What the …. just happened?’ seems a bit strong.

That being said, from my research and conversations with people in the companies that have ...

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Examining the How of NIST Privacy

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Last time I discussed why you should consider using the NIST Privacy framework as both a foundation and methodology for managing data protection and privacy risk management

In this article, I’d like to explain how it works in practice.

Here we bring together facts and information from disparate and sometimes rather technical documents. When I began my research into the NIST Privacy framework, I saw it described as both “

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NIST Privacy Framework – Your Foundation for Future Privacy Compliance

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In preparing to write an article about the NIST Privacy Framework I asked some friends who work in infosec and data protection for their thoughts. With few exceptions the conversation went:

“Oh, you mean the NIST CyberSecurity Framework.”

“No, the Privacy Framework”, I’d reply.

“I’m pretty sure it’s Cybersecurity.”

“I’ll send you a link.”

It’s not surprising that it’s gone under the ...

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CCPA is now in effect. What you need to do about it

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The California Consumer Privacy Act, or CCPA, seemed to take an age between being signed into law in 2018 and coming into effect in January of this year. Even after this long lead-up time, businesses were given an additional six months of grace. That six month has just come to an end on 1st July.

So now that CCPA has properly come into effect, what’s your business doing about it?

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TBG Data Breaches Part 2: It’s not (necessarily) your fault

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Last time I discussed the ‘Did they really do that?!’ kind of data breach, the one where you can’t quite see how an organization could manage to have that much data exposed that openly for that long. We all laugh, but as the news clearly demonstrates, it could happen to any company of any size with seemingly any budget.

Malicious actors, however, aren’t just sitting around waiting for the latest instance of an accidental data splurge. They’re ...

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Lockdown Chaos and Compliance: Better and Faster with CISO On Demand

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Anyone who is going for or has already achieved some kind of certification will know that getting there is difficult, time- and resource-consuming and requires buy in and input at all levels, especially from those at the top.

It might be a legal requirement for your industry such as HIPAA or PCI/DSS. Or you might be doing it to provide assurances to current and prospective clients, like ...

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Virgin Media and Not-Quite-Best-Practice Incident Reporting

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Virgin Media, a UK telephone, cable TV and internet services provider released a statement two weeks ago admitting that they had exposed certain personal data of up to 900,000 people.

The short story is that they admitted it, they apologized, they informed both the affected people and the relevant authorities, and they set up a help and advice page for customers.

Great stuff, except…

While ...

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(Internet of) Things Change, and Not Always for the Better

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I was chatting with one of my IT Admin friends the other day. Let’s call him Gary to spare him blushes. He has been working in offices for years, and I asked him what little things annoy him these days. Not the Big Stuff like ransomware and corporate spying, I just wanted to know about the day-to-day frustrations.

He said:

 “When I started out as ‘The IT Guy’ in the office, people would come and ask ...

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How to evidence your way thru compliance

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I’m not usually a fan of nouns being used as verbs.  As Calvin said to Hobbes in Bill Watterson’s wonderful comic strip, “Verbing weirds language”.

I mean, who really ‘dialogues’ with colleagues, or  ‘greenlights’ tasks for them to ‘action’? 

But there’s one denominal verb https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Denominal_verb (yes of course there’s a word for it) which I find myself using, and that is ‘evidencing’. This is a wonderfully concise way of saying “proving ...

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