Friday, November 23, 2012

Don't Plan Because You are Uncertain?

Don't plan for uncertainty until you are certain:

This humor comes too close to reality in many organizations.


I never did post a note here that I finally got all the paperwork in for the CISM.  I passed the test a while back, but it took a bit to follow up with the paperwork.  One challenge I see is that it is much more limited about what will qualify for CPEs. 

I listen to a lot of podcasts and while the CISSP allows those, the CISM appear to not count them.  Going and sleeping through a conference is fine as long as you have the piece of paper at the end.  I will have to keep my eye out for valid outlets to keep this updated.  Fortunately it looks like the classes I teach will help, so I may not have as hard a time as it seemed at first.

Congress is not Always the Solution

Good thoughts in the latest Salted Hash commentary.

The danger is that so many fail to realize that things like this have great potential for abuse, especially of those with low personal restraint.  Anything could become a national security issue and could justify spying.  It is quite dangerous to trust government to protect us in all areas.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Quality Software is Secure Software

The focus on software development is usually getting the system completed on time and hopefully at or under budget.  Some organizations may even add a requirement that few known bugs may ship with the product, though the amount of testing and validation of that can vary greatly.

The security of those systems usually comes some position after that, especially if the organization doesn't have a regulatory requirement for that.  In fact, even those organizations may only pay lip service to the need for secure software until they face a breach of their own.

Much of that is driven by business needs.  The eyes of the leaders is on profit and loss (as it should be) and the new system needs to be available to help with the profit of raising income for the company.

This is as it should be, since a company without income and profits will soon be out of business, but it minimizes the impact of defects and security flaws on the business.  Some organizations are starting to understand that defects can be costly, but only a few of those realize that security flaws are just another kind of dangerous defect.

Realizing this would help make educating people about the value of preventing or quickly fixing defects or security flaws more effective since only one message would need to go out.