Your security maturity is low? Are you using your people the best way you can?

One famous saying attributed to Steve Jobs must be: « it doesn’t make sense to hire smart people and tell them what to do; we hire smart people so they can tell us what to do. » It makes sense and security is no exception. How often do I see companies struggling to improve their level of […]

We need more (security) fixers!

This past few years, interest and budgets for ethical hackers and pentesters has grown rapidly. They gain more and more visibility (see the Belgian Cyber Security Challenge or the European Cyber Security Challenge). More important, consulting companies are recruiting young and talented hackers by the dozen those last years. During the last decade, lot of (nor […]

Will IoT kill us someday?

When you’re working in the security industry, being paranoid is kind of natural (or is it the other way around?). So, when you see how easy people, processes and technologies can be hacked, you become rapidly suspicious of anything. We all know bad things can happen and most of the time we try to mitigate […]

Should companies create Bitcoin accounts to be ready to pay ransoms?

In the past months, the press made public different security incidents involving companies being victims of ransomware (1)(2). Most of the time, a ransom had to be paid in Bitcoins. It’s logical as Bitcoins are much easier and cheaper to launder the money and hide the recipient than traditional money laundering circuits. You may decide […]

Security: It’s all about trust!

In the past few days, I had a few discussions and readings that made me think about the importance of the concept of trust in security and in our life more generally speaking. Think about it. All we do in security management, in training, in penetration testing, in patching or with monitoring is because we […]

La séduction comme outil de hacking

Quel est le point commun entre James Bond et le premier hacker venu? On peut en trouver quelques-uns mais le plus évident, c’est leur objectif commun: collecter de l’information! Car, bien qu’on semble parfois l’oublier, l’objectif premier d’un espion n’est pas de séduire toute la gente féminine et de tuer tous les mâles alpha armés qu’il […]

The lost meaning of our (professional) life

First story Not so long ago, I met a young and intelligent lady working as a student in a big organisation. A Monday morning, she was tasked to review the translation of some official documents. Around 10.30, she was already nearly laying on her keyboard, her head between her hands, whispering that she wanted to […]

Even if you are good at what you do, you may get a job…or not!

Another post that might raise comments from « colleagues » saying « you shouldn’t talk about it » although there is nothing new in this post. It is more a philosophical approach in the sense we try to deconstruct the way we work. Our goal is not to explain that the market is saturated and that it is difficult […]

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