How to convince Top Management to invest in cybersecurity and secure software development

I’ve heard many times IT people and Software Developers complaining that they have difficulties to sensibilize their managers to invest more in cybersecurity. Also some employees of my customers in the cybersecurity consulting area show sometimes frustration when we are talking about priorities of their top management – cybersecurity is almost neveve one until it is too late. When I talk to C-Level of the organizations that book us for consulting, I am telling them that organizations face an increasing number of cyber threats these days compared to 10-20 years ago  (yes, we are so old). They have a lot of risks like data breaches, ransomware attacks, and intellectual property theft and their only chance to survive these is to  investing early in robust cybersecurity measures and secure software development practices. However, convincing top management to allocate resources and invest in these areas is a challenging task for everyone, me included. Unfortunately, investing in cybersecurity is a bit like investing in a optional insurance: you want it so that you can stay relaxed, but you know you are not forced to buy it, so you try to find the cheapest one that covers more or less your risks. Additionally, you…

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New design for my personal website

I finally found some time to change the website from the old design in dark colors to a WordPress (statical) blog. The new design is simpler and it is only on one single level. I got rid of all the old things and left only what is relevant. Here is the structure with links: Home – main page Management – will contain infos about product management and project management About – some infos about me Blog – link to this blog Pets – some pictures of my favorite pets Photography – random selection of my photos on Flickr Reading – random selection of the books I own(and have read) from Writing – selection and links to articles, interviews and other things I wrote Twitter – the content of my Twitter account

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Passed the CompTIA Project+ (2009 Objectives)

I just finished the exam CompTIA Project+ (2009 Objectives). So, I am certified IT Project Manager 😉 Number of questions: 100 Length of test: 90 minutes Passing score: 710 on a scale of 100-900 Recommended experience: One year of managing, directing or participating in small- to medium-scale projects Language: English Exam code: PK0-003 I got 822 points. I studied using Joseph Phillips ‘ book called “IT Project Management (It Project Management: On Track from Start to Finish)” About the book: It is a good book, but it is not enough to pass the exam. My feelings are a little bit mixed about the book because it contains a lot of information which is not well structured. There is a lot of talk and descriptions, which is very good, it helps you imagine the things. But, in the exam you need more than that. You need to imagine the information structured so that you can answer the questions. So, 4 stars out of 5 🙂 So, i bought the ucertify test program for this exam. It is good… but parts of it are written by non English speakers because there is a kind of “bla bla”. More info to come.

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