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Chris Mark in “Using Security Metrics” Book June 9, 2016

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Screen-Shot-2016-06-09-at-10.55.59-AM.pngA number of months ago I was interviewed regarding my opinion on the effectiveness of security metrics.  I was notified today that the eBook has been published.  Titled “Using Security Metrics” the book includes 33 authors and according to the publisher:

“We asked 33 security experts how they communicate security program effectiveness to business executives and the Board.

They share their recommendations and best practices in this ebook. If you’re a security professional, you’ll find their insights indispensable for helping you better communicate with business executives and Board members who often do not speak the security language. Download this ebook to learn about:

  • Security Metrics That Tell a Story to the Board
  • Security Metrics That Help Boards Assess Risk
  • Security Metrics for Threat Management
  • Security Metrics that Drive Action in the Financial Services Industry

My contribution can be found starting on page 39.  You can download the eBook here!.

Director of VA Robert McDonald Compares Lines at VA to Disneyland & Lies about His Military Service May 31, 2016

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McDonaldUPDATED POST- Last week VA Director Robert McDonald compared the lines at the VA to lines at Disneyland.  While most people were generally appalled by this ignorant and insensitive comment, Robert McDonald refuses to apologize.  Keep in mind this is the same idiot that has lied about his own military service and falsely claimed to be a Green Beret.  In addition to being an insensitive, ignorant buffoon he is also a liar who claims military honors to which he is not entitled.  The fact that President Obama still supports  this clown in his role as Director of the VA simply further demonstrates the current administration’s disdain for those who actually serve with honor.  Here is Obama’s National Security Advisor Susan Rice’s comments on traitor Bowe Bergdahl in 2014: “He served with honor and distinction.”  Those who betray their own country and their brothers and sisters in arms are treated with greater respect by this administration than those who actually serve honorably.

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Adding to my latest post about Sniper Posers…we have a new addition to the Stolen Valor club.  New Veterans Affairs Secretary (and former Proctor & Gamble CEO) Robert McDonald today admitted to lying about being a Special Forces Soldier (Green Beret).  This is the same person who confronted Iraq War Veteran  (both Iraq wars) and Republican Congressman Mike Coffman (R. Colorado) and pointedly asked “What have you done?”  McDonald then talked about how he had “…run a major company..”

It is bad enough when a civilian who has never served lies about their service.  It is more egregious when a military member who served honorably lies about their service. It is absolutely not acceptable when the Secretary of the VA lies about his service.  Let’s be clear, the VA is one of the most incompetent, corrupt organizations in the entire US Government.  Shame on him!  He belongs on the Stolen Valor Wall of Shame!

Chris Mark Speaking at OpenEdge 2016 Partner Advisory Board May 27, 2016

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OpenEdgeI am honored to have been asked to present as the keynote speaker at the OpenEdge 2016 Partner Advisory Board on June 6th, in Chicago, Il.  I will be speaking on the state of cybercrime today and provide a live demonstration of the Dark Web as well as a description of how cyber thieves steal and use payment card data.  It should be a fun event for everyone!  If you are an OpenEdge Partner please consider attending!

1,000,000 InfoSec Job Openings in 2016! May 10, 2016

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ATT_Sec_Conf_2015-076A recent article in Forbes Magazine outlines the current and projected information security job market.  According to the article the current job market is valued at $75 billion and is expected to grow to $170 Billion by 220.  More profoundly, CISCO estimates that there are currently 1 million InfoSec job openings in the US with, according to Peninsula Press, 209,000 currently unfilled! According to Virginia Lehmkuhl-Dakhwe, director of the Jay Pinson STEM Education Center at San Jose State University “The number of jobs in information security is going to grow tenfold in the next 10 years,”

I have been fortunate to have had a great career in information security over the past 15 years.  While my experience is unique, I have had opportunity to travel the World and work with some of the largest, and most complex companies around.  I have spoken at scores of events and have published dozens of articles and white papers.

Last year I wrote a blog post about how to get into the InfoSec career field.  Two things that many people may want to know off the bat.  1) a College Degree is NOT required (although often very helpful) and 2) The pay is VERY good. (basic supply and demand).  In my experience most people could probably get into the field with anywhere from 9-18 months of self-study.  You can get in quicker if you attend course.  For more information, please read my blog post: Getting Info Information Assurance Careers.

Chris Mark to speak at 2016 ISF Texas April 10, 2016

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ISF2016This week (10:30 am, April 14, 2016) I will be in the awesome city of Austin, TX speaking at the 2016 Information Security Forum. The ISF is: “…a free educational conference aimed at public sector Information Security Officers, Information Resources Managers, and IT staff throughout the State of Texas. The conference is hosted by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) and will be managed by the Office of the Chief Information Security Officer (OCISO).”  The title of my presentation will be “Hackers, Slackers, and Thieves, understanding your adversary.”  If you are in Austin, please consider attending!

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