To Certify or Not To Certify….that is the question

The debate rages on year after year. Are certifications worth it? Pick any certification you like and type into Google “Is XXX certification worth it”. Half the answers you find will tell you that this particular certification is the Holy Grail of learning and the other half will tell you it is a waste of your time. My position is that both extremes are wrong. Let’s address each. First, the ‘certifications are worthless’ argument. This usually stems from someone who [...]

Simple security measures that work very well

Concerns over ransomeware locking you out of sensitive files and a host of malware infecting your critical systems seem to have everyone scrambling for effective answers. I think many are missing some very simple steps that can be quite effective. I work from a home office, where I have several systems (for testing, various projects, etc.).  The solution I use there is obviously on a much smaller scale than most office networks, but can provide some suggestions.  Here are some [...]

What makes a cyber security professional?

One problem we have today, with the attention to cyber security, is that everyone wants to get into the game. And frankly there are all too many 'security professionals' and even 'security companies' that simply don't have sufficient skills.  So what makes a good security professional? Here is what I consider the most basic skillset: First and foremost you need a solid understanding of computers.  Yes a CS/CIS/BIS degree would be good, but without that, a basic skillset equivalent to [...]

The flaw in modern cyber forensics

There is no question that cyber forensics is a hot topic. Cell phone forensics, PC forensics, and other device forensics is a hot topic. Not only are more and more law enforcement agencies getting their own forensics detectives and labs, but more private firms are involved in forensics now. And there are some amazing tools. I have used Encase, FTK, OSForensics, Oxygen, and others. Every year each tool seems more packed with features, and many are remarkably easy to use. [...]