cyber


The Russians are coming? Why Attention to Cyber Defense is more critical than ever

The new-found “Red Scare” arising from the revelation of Russian-government directed cyber attacks against the U.S., reminds me of a wonderful line from the movie “Casablanca.”  Captain Renault, a reluctant Vichy-police official with rather flexible views on the vice of gambling, is pressured by the Nazi’s to find any pretext to close down “Rick’s American Café.”  Summoning all the false outrage he can muster, Renault struts into the Café amid a police raid and declares […]


Apple vs. the FBI: A Game of Tug of War

Privacy vs. Security:   The rights of the individual versus the needs of the collective This old conflict is playing out on a new stage in the debate between Apple and the FBI over the San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook’s locked iPhone. The FBI is demanding Apple’s assistance in breaking through their encryption in order to analyze the phone’s contents, while Apple is refusing to create a “backdoor” into their software, which they fear […]


Eliminating the Gaps between Physical and Cyber Security

The self-imposed segregation between physical and cyber security professionals creates gaps in protection. Even when the two groups interact, the cultural, educational and experiential divide makes effective communication a challenge. Attackers look for and exploit the gaps in protection this creates, often with devastating impact.  Bridging these differences is one of the keys to achieving an effective protection program. The good news is that the industry increasingly recognizes that when cyber security and physical security […]


Physical Security in a Cyber World

“Physical Security in A Cyber World” proved to be one of the most interesting panel discussions during last month’s ASIS International Annual Seminar & Exhibits in Anaheim, California. It featured a mixture of end user, manufacturer, cyber security consultant, and physical security consultant insights that together provided a multifaceted view into the complex security issues involving cyber and physical overlap.  Hosted by Convergint Technologies, the panelists were Mike Taylor(Executive Director of Global Security at Sony Pictures), […]


Securing the Security System Network

When I sat down in 2007 to write the first edition of Integrated Security Systems Design, part of the driving force was that I was finding integrated security system IP networks were, for the most part, unsecured. Tragically, eight years later, that situation has not changed very much. Think about that for a moment. The security system that a multi-billion dollar organization relies upon to protect its corporate headquarters may reside on a network that is […]