Tag: assurance


Understanding Penetration Testing Scopes

“Can I have a penetration test please” is about in line with saying “Can I have a car please?”. Why am I writing a blog about this? Well, where do I start, so I have been working on the technology world basically all my career and over the last 20 odd years one area of digital security management that I think a lot of organisations and people struggle with is understanding just what a penetration test is, how it should be used, how long they can take and what is involved. Read more “Understanding Penetration Testing Scopes”


Snake Oil Defence: Defending against lies and false claims

Defenders of the Realm

We often talk about not selling using fear, uncertainty, and doubt (FUD). It is quite a big thing in the cyber security industry where the entire purpose of existence is to help people and organisations manage risk to prevent, detect and respond to impact to confidentiality, integrity, and availability. A key foundational component is that we operate using science, trust, and integrity.

This does however become quite interesting when you look at some rather dubious sales and marketing techniques employed by a few.

What I have noticed are there are a range of patterns that are similar (it is like they all went on the same con artist course!) so I thought I would look at some of the indicators I see which bring up flags to me. Read more “Snake Oil Defence: Defending against lies and false claims”