Articles by Farhaad Nero


October 17, 2016

By Farhaad Nero
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., VP Enterprise Security

We live in a time when data breaches are the norm. As information security and risk professionals we are tasked with trying to mitigate the risks posed by these impending breaches. We constantly are learning and striving to locate and fill gaps in our processes and architecture. But it is only a matter of time before an attack occurs.


May 16, 2016

By Farhaad Nero
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., VP Enterprise Security

Try and do an information security risk assessment of a law firm your company uses. Give them an InfoSec security questionnaire to fill out and request key information security documents. And if they host a lot of your sensitive data ask for a SOC2 report or even a penetration test report.

What are the chances you will not get a major push back? What about your right to audit? Can you come onsite and validate some key security controls?


April 4, 2016

By Farhaad Nero
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., VP Enterprise Security

Third-party vendors are essential to businesses big and small, national and global. Outsourcing is big. Offshoring is big. You can’t just move or outsource part of your business halfway across the world or even across the street and have no way of ensuring that it is being well run.

You put your hard-earned money in the bank for someone else to keep safe for you until you need it. You trust the bank but you would surely want to confirm that it’s all there. 


January 24, 2016

By Farhaad Nero
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., VP Enterprise Security

Recall these 2 famous quotes:

“The horse is here to stay but the automobile is only a novelty – a fad.” Michigan Savings Bank president advising Henry Ford’s lawyer, Horace Rackham, not to invest in Ford Motor Company (1903).


December 17, 2015

By Farhaad Nero
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., VP Enterprise Security

Well, ‘tis the season – a season for celebrating and a season for shopping. You are the CISO, the head honcho for everything information security. So who’re you gonna call when everyone and their mothers come running your way asking how their information can be kept safe this holiday season?


October 1, 2015

By Farhaad Nero
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., VP Enterprise Security

As a CISO or an executive responsible for the Information Security organization at your company, one thing that you ought to keep in real focus is the Silo Effect. Be conscious of it, work against it, and prevent it from derailing your vision and longevity!

So what is the Silo Effect? It’s when departments do not wish to share information with others in the same company. Of course, all of us understand why this may be the case and all of us also understand the effects of this stand.


August 5, 2015

By Farhaad Nero

According to ITRC (Identity Theft Resource Center), in 2015 thus far there have been over 450 breaches with over 135 million records exposed.

They define a breach as an event in which an individual’s name plus Social Security Number (SSN), driver’s license number, medical record, or a financial record/credit/debit card is potentially put at risk – either in electronic or paper format.


June 15, 2015

By Farhaad Nero

Do you know how Merriam-Webster defines vacation?

Believe it or not – this is what it says:

- A period of time that a person spends away from home, school, or business usually in order to relax or travel

- The number of days or hours per year for which an employer agrees to pay workers while they are not working


May 4, 2015

By Farhaad Nero

The world of the CISO is becoming an almost  thankless job. No matter what you do, how well you present to the Board, how complete your program is, it seems your back is always against the wall. 

The business complains of the burden security places on operations, the delays it causes, the relationships it destroys, etc. Whatever you do, you know that a data breach is coming. What you really hope for is that it never happens on your watch.


March 16, 2015

By Farhaad Nero

The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision – Helen Keller

According to a newly released report, 54% of security professionals said they were under more pressure in 2014 than the previous year. 61% said the pressure came from the board, corporate owners, or C-level executives – up by 50 percent!


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