Articles by Mike Saurbaugh


May 21, 2015

By Mike Saurbaugh

Knock, knock on the door… “Do you have a minute to talk about a report request?” asked the developer.

Security awareness typically focuses on employees – the people working in support, the call center, or with business partners. What about developers? The people who receive requests from the company to execute something – be it a new cutting-edge application, business-driven reports, or efficiency requests so we can do more with less. All of this is great – developers provide significant value to companies.


April 10, 2015

By Mike Saurbaugh

Influence, it’s one of those things which some have mastered. In the business world influence can be used as an advantage in order to achieve the desired outcome.

Many people in security get locked into the technical realm which is only natural. However, what about learning something new which has to do with people in order to strengthen the security program?


March 26, 2015

By Mike Saurbaugh

InfoSec World 2015 just wrapped up from Disney’s Contemporary Resort in Orlando, Florida. With around 1200 attendees, over 75 speakers, and over 50 exhibitors, the event provided something for everyone. In addition, MIS Training ensured attendees had opportunity to attend workshops and hands-on training to provide a top-notch educational experience.


January 9, 2015

By Mike Saurbaugh

You can feel the enthusiasm this time of year as football playoffs and bowl games capture massive attention. Us vs. them. You vs. me. Offense vs. defense. In the sporting world, this is how it works. There is no collaboration or uniting of opposable forces. Someone wins, and someone loses.


November 27, 2014

By Mike Saurbaugh

Happy anniversary?

One year ago the infamous Target breach occurred; November 27 to be exact. Unless you’ve not ventured out to a retailer in 2014, there’s a good chance you’ve been impacted by a card breach.

Impacted? What does that mean?


September 4, 2014

By Mike Saurbaugh

The latest iCloud photo leak news makes for interesting conversation – both with friends and family as well as business leaders. Yet not surprisingly, many are entrusting their digital lives and their business with something they know very little about. 


July 10, 2014

By Mike Saurbaugh

Everyday businesses make decisions. The saying, “it’s a business decision," is loathed by some in the security industry and largely because security was not involved in the decision. 


June 19, 2014

By Mike Saurbaugh

Third-parties are an expansion of the corporate network. They’re a necessity providing a range of services which are better off outsourced than to try and do in-house.


May 21, 2014

By Mike Saurbaugh

How much is a security professional worth annually?

A number of factors go into this equation, but suffice it to say, the security industry and the salaries have not felt the recession the same as other professions. And with suggested security professional unemployment at zero, it’s no wonder young security professionals are opting for (formal) education in information assurance.


May 2, 2014

By Mike Saurbaugh

“Should I change my password?” “OK, I changed my password, now I’m secure, right?” 

Media reports over the past month certainly heightened security awareness and drove the public to sit up, pay attention, and do “something.”


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