Author Archives: Daniel Blander

About Daniel Blander

Information Security consultant who has spent twenty plus years listening, discussing, designing, and creating solutions that fit the requirements presented. President, Techtonica, Inc.

Velocity vs. Anti-Velocity

No, its not the new anti-matter, or maybe it is. I’ve watched IT organizations now for 26 years.  The sadness I feel is that I’ve continuously seen the same downward spiral: Failures are reacted to as a only that – … Continue reading

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Loving the John In All of Us

I found myself in one of my least favorite moments a few weeks ago.  I was having a discussion about the build out of a new environment.  Someone brought up the subject of how people should access the environment and … Continue reading

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The Quantum Vulnerability Tunneling Effect

I know I had promised to talk about how to implement a risk management program in your small organization, but bear with me for a blog (or two).  Given that my brain has been wrapping itself carefully around risk management … Continue reading

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Accuracy vs. Precision – My Risk Epiphany

Did you ever have a moment where a concept you have never been able to figure out or understand suddenly clicks in your head?  I had long struggled to understand a key element of Risk Management – how to perform … Continue reading

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BSides San Francisco Presentation

So I did a little talk at BSides San Francisco 2012.  Its a pre-quel to my book “So You Want to Be the CSO…”  The talk was recorded so you can view it at your leisure.  Just pity the poor … Continue reading

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#SecBiz or The Better Answer to Martin’s Question

I had the good fortune of a long drive (12 hours to be exact) which allowed me time to catch up on four months of backlogged Martin McKeay’s Network Security Podcasts.  My fortune improved when I listened to the June … Continue reading

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Do you have SOCD? (Security Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)

Are you SOCD? You have it if: You feel the constant need to force drastic security measures. You say: “This company really needs to revise all the (SOX) controls.  There’s absolutely no reason to have management involved in the process.” … Continue reading

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Mentoring Outside the Echo Chamber

I have been incensed by certain “pundit” activities through a recent encounter that unfortunately mirrors the frustration I felt 20 years ago as a result of the actions of certain academics where I once taught.  The actions of which I … Continue reading

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My Take Away Moment from BSidesSF

I won’t attempt to rehash the conference, except to say, if you have a chance to attend a BSides event, do so in great haste. Despite being free, they are worth every penny you could invest in visiting one.  What … Continue reading

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Sophisticated Analysis of Risk Management is Critical…don’t do Sophisticated Analysis Risk Management

There is a wonderful discussion occurring in SIRA (Society of Information Risk Analysts) these days. I missed the beginning of this group, and I regret it, because the messages coming out of the discussions are extremely insightful and critically important … Continue reading

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