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WANTED – People Committed to Solving our Information Security Language Problem

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Presentation deck delivered to the Rochester ISSA chapter members as part of the SecurityStudio Roadshow on November 7th, 2019. This presentation explains the language problem we're fighting in the information security industry and contains a realistic call to action for all of us.

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WANTED – People Committed to Solving our Information Security Language Problem

  1. 1. WANTED – People Committed to Solving our Information Security Language Problem Evan Francen, CEO, SecurityStudio
  2. 2. IMPORTANT! Before I get started… • The World Health Organization states that over 800,000 people die every year due to suicide, and that suicide is the second leading cause of death in 15-29-year-olds. • 5 percent of adults (18 or older) experience a mental illness in any one year • In the United States, almost half of adults (46.4 percent) will experience a mental illness during their lifetime. • In the United States, only 41 percent of the people who had a mental disorder in the past year received professional health care or other services. • https://www.mentalhealthhackers.org/resources-and-links/
  3. 3. ME: Evan Francen, CEO & Founder of FRSecure and SecurityStudio I do a lot of security stuff… • Co-inventor of SecurityStudio®, S²Score, S²Org, S²Vendor, S²Team, and S²Me • 25+ years of “practical” information security experience (started as a Cisco Engineer in the early 90s) • Worked as CISO and vCISO for hundreds of companies. • Developed the FRSecure Mentor Program; six students in 2010/500+ in 2018 • Advised legal counsel in very public breaches (Target, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, etc.) Solving our Information Security Language Problem AKA: The “Truth”
  4. 4. UNSECURITY: Information Security Is Failing. Breaches Are Epidemic. How Can We Fix This Broken Industry? Published January, 2019 Solving our Information Security Language Problem
  5. 5. Resources & Contact Want to participate? Want to partner? Want these slides? LET’S WORK TOGETHER! • Email: efrancen@securitystudio.com • @evanfrancen • @StudioSecurity #S2Roadshow • Blog - https://evanfrancen.com • Podcast (The UNSECURITY Podcast) Thank you!
  6. 6. Yesterday…
  7. 7. You know we have an language problem in our industry, right? Our Industry AI Blockchain Penetration Test Vulnerability Management NIST CSF RiskRisk Management Containers Incident Management Cyber Insurance Threats Maturity Assessment Malware Security Cryptography Breach APT Cybersecurity BCDR Malware Trojan Spoofing UTM Phishing Vishing DDoS Worm Botnet ML Vulnerability Zero-Day Layered Exploit Threat Actor Attribution Kali OSCP CISSP NIST CSF How many of you are security people (my tribe)?
  8. 8. You know we have an language problem in our industry, right? Normal People See Us Like AI Blockchain Penetration Test Vulnerability Management NIST CSF RiskRisk Management Containers Incident Management Cyber Insurance Threats Maturity Assessment Malware Security Cryptography Breach APT Cybersecurity BCDR Malware Trojan Spoofing UTM Phishing Vishing DDoS Worm Botnet ML Vulnerability Zero-Day Layered Exploit Threat Actor Attribution Kali OSCP CISSP NIST CSF
  9. 9. Why? Because we don’t agree on a language Their Language FIX: Fundamentals and simplification. Translation/Communication WARNING – It’s work and it’s NOT sexy. Let’s test this…
  10. 10. Information Security is
  11. 11. Managing RiskInformation Security is
  12. 12. Eliminating RiskInformation Security is NOT
  13. 13. ComplianceInformation Security is NOT
  14. 14. Managing RiskInformation Security is in what?
  15. 15. Managing Risk Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is
  16. 16. Managing Risk Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is Easier to go through your secretary than your firewall Firewall doesn’t help when someone steals your server YAY! IT stuff
  17. 17. Managing Risk Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is What’s risk?
  18. 18. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is Of something bad happening. If it did.
  19. 19. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is How do you figure out likelihood and impact?
  20. 20. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Vulnerabilities Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is Start with vulnerabilities.
  21. 21. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Vulnerabilities Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is Start with vulnerabilities. • Vulnerabilities are weaknesses. • A fully implemented and functional control has no weakness. • Think CMMI, 1 – Initial to 5 – Optimizing.
  22. 22. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Vulnerabilities Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is OK, but there’s no risk in a weakness by itself, right?
  23. 23. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Vulnerabilities Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is OK, but there’s no risk in a weakness by itself, right? That’s right! We need threats too.
  24. 24. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Threats Vulnerabilities Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is
  25. 25. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Threats Vulnerabilities Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is There is NO risk • For vulnerabilities without a threat. • For threats without a vulnerability.
  26. 26. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Threats Vulnerabilities Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is There is NO risk • For vulnerabilities without a threat. • For threats without a vulnerability. So, what is information security?
  27. 27. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Threats Vulnerabilities Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is
  28. 28. Some truth about information security It’s relative. Something insecure at the core will always be insecure. You can’t manage what you can’t measure. You can’t manage risk without assessing it. Complexity is the enemy.
  29. 29. Some truth about information security It’s relative. Something insecure at the core will always be insecure. You can’t manage what you can’t measure. You can’t manage risk without assessing it. Complexity is the enemy. You cannot build an effective security program or strategy without an assessment.
  30. 30. Some truth about information security It’s relative. Something insecure at the core will always be insecure. You can’t manage what you can’t measure. You can’t manage risk without assessing it. Complexity is the enemy. You cannot build an effective security program or strategy without an assessment. As much as 90% of organizations fail to do fundamental information security risk assessments. WHY? Reason #1: Complexity
  31. 31. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Threats Vulnerabilities Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is Fine for our tribe, but what about the others?
  32. 32. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Threats Vulnerabilities Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is What if we made a simple score to represent this?
  33. 33. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Threats Vulnerabilities Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is We call it the S2Score. We did.
  34. 34. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Threats Vulnerabilities Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is The S2Score is a simple and effective language to communicate information security to everyone (citizens, city councils, county boards, other security people, auditors, regulators, etc.).
  35. 35. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Threats Vulnerabilities Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is As much as 90% of organizations fail to do fundamental information security risk assessments. Reason #2: Cost
  36. 36. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Threats Vulnerabilities Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is Let’s make an information security risk assessment that’s FREE! The assessment that creates the S2Score is available at no cost to anyone.
  37. 37. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Threats Vulnerabilities Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is Let’s make an information security risk assessment that’s FREE! The assessment that creates the S2Score is available at no cost to anyone. There’s no catch.
  38. 38. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Threats Vulnerabilities Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls Information Security is Let’s make an information security risk assessment that’s FREE! The assessment that creates the S2Score is available at no cost to anyone. There’s no catch. For those who like our snazzy standards and acronyms, the S2Org is derived from and mapped to: • NIST CSF • NIST SP 800-53 • NIST SP 800-171 • ISO 27002 • COBIT • Others…
  39. 39. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Threats Vulnerabilities Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls S2Score is Cool. Speaking the same language should be free. We have another language problem What about the language between organizations? We can use the S2Score to communicate 3rd-party information security risk too.
  40. 40. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Threats Vulnerabilities Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls S2Score is Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Threats Vulnerabilities Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls S2Score is If two organization’s use S2Score as their language, just share the scores. SIMPLE!
  41. 41. Managing Risk Likelihood Impact Threats Vulnerabilities Administrative Controls Physical Controls Technical Controls S2Score is BONUS How do we secure America? A man can dream! Simple. Adoption. Let’s do a demonstration to show what I mean.
  42. 42. I live in Waconia, Minnesota. A town in Carver County.
  43. 43. Carver County is one of 87 counties in Minnesota.
  44. 44. Minnesota is one state amongst 49 other beautiful states.
  45. 45. Minnesota is one state amongst 49 other beautiful states. Are you troubled having the U.S. Flag anywhere near the word “Poor”? I am.
  46. 46. How do we secure America? By speaking a common language we can work on what really matters (our most significant risks). What we’re going to do: • Keep preaching. • Work politically. • Keep improving (by listening). What you need to do: • Get your free S2Org Assessment and do it! • Help us preach. • Help us work politically. • Help us improve (by talking).
  47. 47. How do we secure America? By speaking a common language we can work on what really matters (our most significant risks). What we’re going to do: • Keep preaching. • Work politically. • Keep improving (by listening). What you need to do: • Get your free S2Org Assessment and do it! • Help us preach. • Help us work politically. • Help us improve (by talking). What’s the point? People are the point! Information security is not about information or security as much as it is about people. People within our industry and people who work with us are confused and we’re wasting valuable resources.
  48. 48. Your Tasks: 1. Do your S2Org Assessment: https://app.securitystudio.com/organization/signup 2. Help us preach by telling everyone. 3. Help us politically by telling your leadership. 4. Help us improve by telling us: • Contact within the tool or here: https://securitystudio.com/contact/ • Twitter: @evanfrancen or @StudioSecurity How do we secure America? Thank you! We’re also looking for partners!

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