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Name: Martina Costelloe Title: SVP Information Security Employer: SMBC Aviation Capital Location: Dublin Years in IT: 39 Years in cybersecurity: 28 Cybersecurity certifications: CCSP, CISSP, CISA, CISM 1) What made you decide to become CCSP certified? It had been several years since I attained my Information Security certifications. My role had changed, and the organisation was starting to look at moving some on-premises activities to the cloud. I needed to develop the skills to support this technology strategy. I was looking for a certification that would provide me with the core principles of cloud security but with a

Global Cybersecurity Outlook 2022 Digitalization has driven the growth of global use of online services, driving higher levels of data creation and internet traffic. As businesses become more interconnected, a cyberattack can have even greater impact. Considering these challenges, the World Economic Forum's Global Cybersecurity Outlook 2022 presents critical insights about the state of cyber and perceptions about the current path of cyber resilience. The research identifies three perception gaps between security-focused and business executives - how highly cyber is prioritized in business decisions, support for cybersecurity and cybersecurity talent. 1. Prioritizing cyber

ISO/IEC27002:2022 (the new version of good practice security controls) was released last month. I’ve began to think about why companies and organisations DON’T already use the security standards to follow good practice. Here is the case for using ISO27002 to align security controls. My late father’s favourite saying was “If you’re going to do it, then do it right!”.  It’s only recently that I began to accept the truth in that.  Conventional thinking might lean towards, “Sure it’ll do”, or “Maybe later”. As the security community already knows “It’s much easier

CCSP Domain Refresh FAQ Effective August 1, 2022 Why are changes being made to the CCSP exam? (ISC)² has an obligation to its membership to maintain the relevancy of its credentials. These enhancements are the result of a rigorous, methodical process that (ISC)² follows to routinely update its credential exams. This process ensures that the examinations and subsequent continuing professional education requirements encompass the topic areas relevant to the roles and responsibilities of today's practicing cloud security professional. How is the CCSP exam changing? The content of the CCSP has been refreshed to reflect the

Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)  certification     Many cybersecurity professionals have questions about the Certified Cloud Security Professional CCSP certification – what it is, why should I consider it, what is involved and lots more. If you are thinking about becoming CCSP certified and are interested in learning more about the process and requirements, the Certified Cloud Security Professional CCSP - FAQ may give you some answers. If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact us and we would be delighted to answer your questions.      What is the Certified

2021 was a challenging year for IT security professionals. As the pandemic continued the work-from-home movement extended with its associated cybersecurity risks. Ransomware attacks grew at record levels with some very high-profile attacks on critical infrastructure – all in the face of the ongoing shortage of IT security talent.  In this webinar, Steve Piper, Founder & CEO of CyberEdge (and proud CISSP), discusses his Top Five Cybersecurity Predictions for 2022.   Top Five Cybersecurity Predictions for 2022 1. The Overall Volume of Successful Attacks Will Decline 2. IT Budgets Will Rebound (Slightly) 3. Quantity and

The PwC 2022 Global Digital Trust Insights study has reported that more than 60 per cent of Irish businesses expect cybercrime to increase this year. One concern is the risk posed through suppliers and technology support networks - with more than half of Irish respondents anticipating an increase in breaches through their software supply chain.  Another potential weak spot are cloud services, with 62 per cent of Irish respondents expecting attacks on such services to rise. With responses from over 3,600 participants, the study showed that only 29 per cent of Irish

The Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) has made changes to the OWASP Top 10 for 2021. OWASP is an open community dedicated to enabling organizations to develop, purchase, and maintain applications and APIs that can be trusted. Since 2003, the OWASP Top 10 has become a world-renowned reference document that details the most critical security risks to web applications. These help organizations and developers to develop secure applications. The Top 10 is a baseline for compliance, education, and vendor tools. Changes to the OWASP Top 10 for 2021 The Top 10 includes