Advice for Taking the CISA Exam (Updated)

Everything you need to know to pass with flying colors.

From isaca.org

As risk3sixty continues to grow, more members of our team will be taking the Certified Information Systems Auditors (CISA) exam to be the best security and compliance craftsmen for our clients.

We have provided advice for taking […]

Everything you need to know to pass with flying colors.

From isaca.org

As risk3sixty continues to grow, more members of our team will be taking the Certified Information Systems Auditors (CISA) exam to be the best security and compliance craftsmen for our clients.

We have provided advice for taking […]

Craftsmanship in Music and Compliance

If you’ve been on stage for a speech or performing arts, you know stage fright is real. Businesses can get nervous when they hear the word “audit” in the same way musicians can get nervous before a performance. However, there is one great way to alleviate that fear: preparation. If your business prepares well, you will see the fruits […]

Simplify Compliance by Creating One Set of Controls to Manage Risk (Unified Control Framework)

Heavily regulated companies spend a lot of time mapping and creating new business processes to meet compliance requirements. This is especially frustrating for businesses that face multiple compliance requirements.

We see this often in the financial technology (FinTech) and healthcare technology (HIT) space. Companies like these have an almost unmanageable number of regulatory frameworks to navigate. (SOC 2, ISO 27001, GLBA, HIPAA, […]

Securing Corporate Wireless Access Points (WAPs)

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The set of controls and conditions IT auditors look for during assessments of Wireless Access Points (WAPs) tends to vary auditor to auditor.

In some cases, the IT auditor may make great suggestions for controls I have not seen many organizations put into place while in other cases, the auditor might point out the […]

How to Check for Dangerous Certificates and Unsigned Windows OS Files

Sigcheck is a light weight Windows command-line utility that does an amazing job at scanning the digital certificate stores on your system for anything irregular and not part of the official Microsoft Trusted Root Certificate list.

Additionally, the utility will also check the digital signatures of files and identify all unsigned files in a directory while simultaneously running […]

Developing & Implementing a Data Classification Policy

Properly classifying and labeling information assets is fundamental to a successful information security program, yet many organizations fail to implement one. Without proper asset classification, the organization exposes itself to additional risk of data breaches, accidental loss/release of sensitive information, losses in efficiency or additional costs associated with securing data that may not require it (hardware-based encryption doesn’t come cheap!).

It is […]

How to Improve the Broken Risk Assessment Process

I recently participated in a CIO round-table to discuss mechanisms in which management teams assess information technology risks. Almost all of the CIOs said they were performing regular risk assessments, but they also expressed a lot of concern that the assessments were performed consistently or with high quality. The major concern between the CIOs was that they didn’t have a realistic view […]

Target 2013 Breach: Understanding the Need for Secure Network Segmentation

A recent post from Cyber Security Investigative Reporter, Brian Krebs, does a great job of reminding IT and Information Security professionals everywhere why proper Network Segmentation is so important.

The post, “Inside Target Corp., Days after 2013 Breach” goes into detail about how once criminals infiltrated Target’s corporate network, they were able to run free within the […]