Archive for May, 2009

Insider Threat: Horrible Tragedy Highlights Need For Policies & Training

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

I got the June 1 issue of Newsweek today, and something that’s bothered me ever since I first heard about it was on page 4…


Memorial Day & ID Theft Using Info Of Deceased

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

Every year since probably my first year on this world I’ve visited cemetaries on the Sunday right before Memorial Day. My parents’ reasoning was that we could get the graves and headstones decorated (Memorial Day is also known as Decoration Day) so that those visiting on Monday would see them. Probably where I got my habit of always arriving to meetings and events WAY too early! 🙂
This past Sunday my family drove my father out to three cemetaries to once more continue this tradition…


HIPAA, HITECH Act and Disposal Problems

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Here’s yet another incident that provides very good lessons that could be incorporated into information security and privacy training sessions as a case study, particularly for HIPAA compliance as well as secure disposal training…


The World’s Largest (and BEST!) Cyber Defense Competition for Teens…In Ames Iowa!

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Last month Iowa State University, in Ames, held a unique type of IT Olympics for teens…


Effectively Explaining the Purpose of Information Classification to Employees

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

The topic for my Q2 2009 issue of Protecting Information was helping employees to understand why different types of information need different levels of security. Yes, this is information classification, but I describe it in a way that employees of all levels and responsibilities throughout an organization can understand, here’s how…


HITECH Act does *NOT* make HIPAA, or HIPAA advice, “obsolete”!

Monday, May 18th, 2009

A couple of weeks ago I was surprised and concerned by a statement made in one of my many listservs by a lawyer commenting on HIPAA books and past advice given for HIPAA compliance…


Secure360 Starts Tomorrow!

Monday, May 11th, 2009

I drove up to St. Paul, MN, today and will be speaking, and look forward to attending the sessions, at Secure360.


Regulatory Requirements for Training and Awareness

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Today I had a great conversation with a CISO about the regulatory and legal requirements for organizations to provide information security and privacy training and awareness activities…


Podcast: HITECH Act adds new compliance requirements, penalties

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Alexander B. Howard at for a 26 minute podcast…


Understanding Data Protection from 4 Critical Perspectives

Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Today I gave a webcast (27 minutes) about “Understanding Data Protection from 4 Critical Perspectives” and it is now available online through this link