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The Phoenix Project

The short version: read Gene Kim, Kevin Behr & George Spafford's The Phoenix Project because it is a book you can't put down about IT services! Can you imagine?  That's really all you need to know.

Article in [IN]Secure magazine: Adding two-factor to Google apps

You can download the latest [In]Secure Magazine Issue 34 in pdf format here:  net-security.org/insecuremag.php

Determining Cost of Capital

A key underlying premise in finance is the cost of capital. Information security professionals need to understand that investors can put their money into other stocks and bankers can loan their money to other borrowers. The reason they loan money to your company is to make a good return for the risks they are taking. The less the risk, the cheaper the money.

Financial Analysis for InfoSec Pros

This is the second in (hopefully) a series of blog posts. My goal is to provide information security professionals a basis for discussing risks with business professionals - especially finance people - and to dispel some myths.  The first post discussed how reducing risk creates value. This goal of this post is to lay some groundwork for proper financial analysis techniques - or at least minimize the dumber ones. 

Authentication as a Service - mixed incentives

In the past, we've commented on the 'Vendor-in-the-middle' issues in the past, in particular we've pointed out this weakness when using SMS as a one-time passcode delivery mechanism.  As always, such reliance may be ok based on your risk tolerance.  Another example of this risk occurred to me today when someone on twitter mentioned pointed to this Wordpress plugin that add two-factor authentication to Wordpress using Google's authenticator.   There is also one for SSH via a PAM module.  

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