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A Convergence Masterclass

Optimal Risk will be leading a masterclass on these issues, organised by the Security Institute and hosted by Siemens in London on September 24th, which will address the core challenges that organisations face in embracing and applying converged security concepts. The objective is to introduce students with specialist background to a range of models and principals that will better enable them to prepare and cope with converged security risks.
Posted: 16 September 2013 by Optimal Risk Admin | with 0 comments

Optimal Risk presenting on e-espionage

CSARN is hosting an event on espionage and allocating proper attention to the cyber dimension and Optimal Risk will be presenting at the event in London on 8th October.
Posted: 26 August 2013 by Optimal Risk Admin | with 0 comments

Prepared for Anything? Really?

Good management practice and preparedness really requires the ability to anticipate events long before they happen, and develop a planned response to each scenario. In developing and refining capabilities, managers need to be able to regularly review flaws in plans and road-blocks to effective performance through drills. This should run counter to any tendency to over-simplify plans and procedures, as the threats are increasingly sophisticated.
Posted: 23 July 2013 by Optimal Risk Admin | with 0 comments

Espionage, The Insider Threat, and why BYOD is Such a Huge Problem

The passive human vector, where staff are either lazy or careless in their adherence to security protocols and individual application of sensible security practices, leads to potentially significant or even catastrophic implications for the organisation. However the critical new element is the BYOD threat. Bringing Your Own [mobile] Device is now the major threat to firms that allow employees to use their own devices in the workplace.
Posted: 12 July 2013 by Optimal Risk Admin | with 0 comments

What does your incident response look like?

Every different type of event should elicit a different response. But turn it on its head and ask what your preparation looks like and this is a very different formula, despite the fact that the two are intimately interdependent and in many ways one should be the negative image of the other.
Posted: 28 June 2013 by Optimal Risk Admin | with 0 comments

Penetration Testing is Failing

We are now reaching the point where penetration testing is becoming ineffective, and there is a long list of companies that are struggling to come to terms with the fact their systems & applications did not withstand an attack even though a penetration test reassured them that they would.
Posted: 24 June 2013 by Optimal Risk Admin | with 0 comments

Tackling the Converged Nature of Industrial Espionage

Espionage is probably one of the more severe manifestations of converged attack to large corporations. To consider what is at risk, one must consider everything that comprises IP, and confidential plans and strategy appertaining to new market entry, M&A, new product development, and channel partnerships. To miss the key point that this is not a pure cyber threat but a converged threat; is one of the key failings of security planning & management, and represents one of the main fault lines in Enterprise Security Risk Management [ESRM].
Posted: 13 May 2013 by Optimal Risk Admin | with 0 comments
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