Articles by Richard Stiennon On Security Trends


July 17, 2014

By securitycurrent's Contributors

There is no task more difficult for a CISO than stepping into that role at a large organization that has never had a CISO and has recently experienced a devastating breach that is at least partly responsible for the departure of senior IT management and the CEO.

securitycurrent polled its contributors to compile advice for Brad Maiorino, newly appointed as the first CISO at Target. They offered the following:


July 16, 2014

By Richard Stiennon

Hand held bar code scanners and RFID chips have changed logistics dramatically in recent years. From manufacturing to every stage of transportation, inventory, and delivery items are scanned tracked in ERP systems.


July 9, 2014

By Richard Stiennon

The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), an industry trade group for banks securities firms and asset managers, is worried about catastrophic attacks against their members, Bloomberg reported today.


July 3, 2014

Updated with cypher punks mail list contributor asserting no new leaker.

By Richard Stiennon

This morning a partial analysis of the NSA’s XKEYSCORE code was published in Germany. Jacob Applebaum, an evangelist for the The Onion Project (TOR), was one of the authors.


July 1, 2014

By Richard Stiennon

According to one of the founders of ProtonMail, a secure email startup, PayPal had suspended their account. A PayPal representative reportedly questioned the legality of an encrypted email solution.


June 30, 2014

By Richard Stiennon

Congressman Alan Grayson made waves last week when he sent letters to the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association(SIFMA), the Consumer Bankers Association, and the Financial Services Roundtable assailing former head of the NSA, Keith Alexander. In each letter Grayson cited a Bloomberg article that revealed that Alexander’s new consulting firm was commanding hefty fees of anywhere from $600K to $1 million per month.


June 25, 2014

By Richard Stiennon

As predicted (by me) email encryption solutions are proliferating rapidly. All it took was a threat actor to appear on the scene.

The first time I met Mark Rasch we shared a stage a Detroit event in the ‘90s. He made a comment that stuck with me. “If email was easy to intercept we would all be reading Marsha Clark’s email.”  He was referring, of course, to the prosecutor in the OJ Simpson trial.


June 20, 2014

By Richard Stiennon

Tallinn 2007 was indeed a wake up call for NATO.  The massive amounts of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against websites, communications, and even Estonian Parliament members’ fax machines, arising from Russian intimidation caused a lot of soul searching and ignited efforts to formulate cyber policies in many nations.


June 18, 2014

By Richard Stiennon

ClouldFlare, the CDN like DDoS defense and security service, announced the acquisition of CryptoSeal, a personal VPN service, this morning. Ryan Lackey, CryptoSeal’s founder told securitycurrent that his class of 2011 Y Combinator backed venture had already been leveraging CloudFlare’s infrastructure.


June 17, 2014

By Richard Stiennon

When I predicted a surge in growth in the IT security industry last year (24% CAGR for ten years leading to a $640 billion industry by 2023) I pointed out that encryption would lead the way and that that was not possible without good key management. 


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