Your cloud provider is making you a target

Phishing is a powerful and effective tool and a favorite in the threat actor arsenal. So what happens when your cloud provider gives threat actors a roadmap to steal from you? A couple of weeks ago, Workday sent a security advisory to its customers regarding a phishing campaign targeting its customers. Although details of the… Continue reading Your cloud provider is making you a target

9 most important questions to determine if a project is worthwhile

George H Heilmeier was a DARPA director and developed 9 questions to help the agency determine the worthiness of project being submitted to it for funding. These 9 powerful questions as referred to as the “Heilmeier Catechism” and have become a core operating paradigm for DARPA [Defense Advance Research Projects Activity] And IARPA [Intelligence Advance… Continue reading 9 most important questions to determine if a project is worthwhile

The dangers of using that Facebook personality game

Tends to find fault with others o these questions look familiar? Tends to find fault with others Is relaxed, handles stress well Is emotionally stable, not easily upset Is easily distracted etc A large percentage of Facebook users have played with these “personality analysis” games at least once in their life (some do them regularly).… Continue reading The dangers of using that Facebook personality game

How to deal with stupid negotiators in business and life

In addition to Information Security, I have negotiated hundreds of contracts over the last 20 years totalling in the billions of dollars. There are many schools teaching different “techniques” but the worst of the worst are those that have a win/lose strategy. These dinosaurs negotiations models believe in “winning at all costs” and are very… Continue reading How to deal with stupid negotiators in business and life

Effective Executives Lead By Example

Close your eyes and think back to an executive you worked with (or for) that was truly inspiring. Someone so incredibly motivating that everyone around him/her seemed to work better, faster and more efficiently. What did this person possess that motivated everyone around them?  When you meet someone like this (and they are few and… Continue reading Effective Executives Lead By Example

Answering the most important leadership questions.

Leadership is as elusive a concept as leprechauns. Everyone fancies themselves a good leader and leadership is a fantastic buzz word to sell books or fill seminars but very few have provided real tangible implementable definitions. But before we talk about what leadership is, please talk about what it isn’t True leadership is not  Your… Continue reading Answering the most important leadership questions.

5 secrets for more efficient meetings

Everyone loves meetings… Right? Of course you do. Nothing is more enjoyable than meeting 6 other people to go through a 120 slide powerpoint presentation in a far flung conference room. Fun … Fun … Fun … Joking aside, meetings are a necessary evil in the business world so productivity junkies are always testing new… Continue reading 5 secrets for more efficient meetings