Surviving the Economic Typhoon

How large companies can do their part for small businesses In stormy seas, it’s better to be on a capital ship than a smaller one. For those familiar with Naval History, Typhoon Cobra, did significant damage to the US Fleet in December 1944. The smaller escort destroyers, without sufficient fuel reserves to use as ballast or for maneuvering, were hardest hit. Three capsized with the loss of 790 crew. Today, we face a similar crisis. As the economy comes to a halt due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) many small businesses are going to suffer the worst. Small business is the [...]

By |March 22nd, 2020|

Why Layer 8 Security Became HITRUST Assessors

  For years we were asked if we could provide a 'seal of approval' or a 'certified by…' graphic for our clients. We always ensured that our clients were adhering to their necessary standards, but a seal of approval, or a certification, or a one-size-fits-all framework just wasn’t available. The approach used in the HITRUST CSF (Common Security Framework) greatly reduces the level of effort required for organizations’ assessment and reporting processes, and thus saves substantial time and money. This is why we became an authorized HITRUST External Assessor. To help organizations reach what we see as the gold standard [...]

By |March 13th, 2020|

Cyber Considerations For Your COVID-19 Planning

Cyber Considerations For Your COVID-19 Planning Managing Remote Workers, Thinking of Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery, and More For the first time in a long time companies need to manage the extremely disruptive effects of a novel virus. In response, businesses are changing the way they operate to limit the risks to employees and customers. To further complicate matters, businesses are also having to respond in a way that adheres to the cybersecurity practices that have become marketplace standard. This is also a first. It’s fair to say that companies who do a better job integrating these practices into their virus-adjusted [...]

By |March 12th, 2020|

Leadership Musings by JPL #3

One of the most rewarding things we as leaders get to do is see our teammates succeed and receive promotions. Regardless of occupation (military or otherwise) seeing our colleagues grow in their careers is very fulfilling. I was honored on Sunday to attend the promotion ceremony of Major Samuel (Sam) Nop, Pennsylvania Air National Guard. Sam used to work for me at Marine Air Group 49 as a Corporal of Marines. At one point, Sam came to me and let me know he wanted to join the Air Guard. To paraphrase him from his promotion speech, “It felt like I [...]

By |March 11th, 2020|

The Answer to Your Data Risk Management and Compliance Dilemma

Written by Mariano Mattei and Sanya Dayo -- Is your company undergoing a digital transformation? Look around your industry. Most likely your competitors are in a mad dash to gather and use data more effectively, to enter new markets and/or to surpass their competition. This ever-growing body of data offers organizations great power, and with great power comes great responsibility. In response, both the government and your third party partners are rightfully mandating that companies protect data, and ultimately, protect consumers. [ Read: Data Privacy Law Makes Landfall in California ] What is your level of responsibility? For a quick [...]

By |February 24th, 2020|

The Trend from 2019 You Didn’t Expect

Biggest trend in 2019 - Executives let their IT departments determine the risk level of the entire company. What actually happened in 2019? Increase in Ransomware Increase in Business Email Compromise Increase in compliance driven by clients Increase in compliance driven by EU and (incoming… California) What should you be doing in 2020? Avoiding phishing and social engineering attempts Using a password manager AND not repeating your passwords Use multi-factor and advanced biometrics when available Shocked by any of this? Maybe not because it’s all been said before. Probably because these were the trends in 2017, and in 2018 too. [...]

Nation-State Activity – Attack on Iran and What You Should Know

This week, the US carried out an airstrike against an Iranian General, Qasem Soleimani. Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, warned that "harsh retaliation is waiting" for the US after the airstrike. Khamenei declared three days of public mourning and appointed Soleimani's deputy to replace him. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the killing a "heinous crime" and vowed his country would "take revenge." Many pundits are debating what form of retaliation Iran will take. While kinetic actions may be among them, cyber attacks are a high probability. For most Americans, this could be a very real threat to the homeland. [...]

By |January 5th, 2020|

Data Privacy Law Makes Landfall in California

An unstoppable force has crossed the Atlantic and landed on our shores. Now, the eye of the storm is in California, and the rest of the country will feel its impact. Data Privacy, a significant idea that has long demanded attention, was codified and implemented by the European Union in 2018 as the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"). In response, advocacy for Data Privacy has grown in the United States. Any consumer thinking about privacy can surely understand that our data is a proprietary asset that each one of us should be able to protect from sale and unauthorized disclosure. [...]

By |December 19th, 2019|

Leadership Musings by JPL #2

The human condition is to make mistakes and learn from them. The ability to improve is what sets apart the winners from the mediocre. It's not all about talent. It's about dependability, consistency, and being able to improve. If you work hard and you're coachable, and you understand what you need to do, you can improve. - Bill Belichick None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes. Lord knows, I've made my fair share. But what do we do as Leaders when our team makes mistakes? I've been fortunate throughout my career to have known some very good leaders. [...]

By |November 25th, 2019|