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Rich Mogull, Analyst & CEO

Rich has twenty years experience in information security, physical security, and risk management. He specializes in data security, application security, emerging security technologies, and security management. Prior to founding Securosis, Rich was a Research Vice President at Gartner on the security team where he also served as research co-chair for the Gartner Security Summit. Prior to his seven years at Gartner, Rich worked as an independent consultant, web application developer, software development manager at the University of Colorado, and systems and network administrator. Rich is the Security Editor of TidBITS, a monthly columnist for Dark Reading, and a frequent contributor to publications ranging from Information Security Magazine to Macworld. He is a frequent industry speaker at events including the RSA Security Conference and DefCon, and has spoken on every continent except Antarctica (where he’s happy to speak for free – assuming travel is covered).

Prior to his technology career, Rich also worked as a security director for major events such as football games and concerts. He was a bouncer at the age of 19, weighing about 135 lbs (wet). Rich has worked or volunteered as a paramedic, firefighter, and ski patroller at a major resort (on a snowboard); and spent over a decade with Rocky Mountain Rescue. He currently serves as a responder on a federal disaster medicine and terrorism response team, where he mostly drives a truck and lifts heavy objects. He has a black belt, but does not play golf. Rich can be reached at rmogull (at) securosis (dot) com.

Understanding COVID, ARDS, and Mechanical Ventilation

By Rich
Note: some research is emerging since I posted this that COVID related ARDS is not typical ARDS. Here’s the medical reference for providers but it’s very early evidence so far we should keep an eye on: COVID-19 Does Not Lead to a “Typical” ARDS Although this is a security blog, this post has absolutely nothing to do with security. No parallels from medicine, no mindset lessons, just some straight up biology. As many readers know I am a licensed Paramedic. I first certified in the early 1990’s, dropped down to EMT for a while, and bumped back up

Mastering the Journey—Building Network Manageability and Security for your Path

By Rich
This is the third post in our series, “Network Operations and Security Professionals’ Guide to Managing Public Cloud Journeys”, which we will release as a white paper after we complete the draft and have some time for public feedback. You might want to start with our first and second posts. Special thanks to Gigamon for licensing. As always, the content is being developed completely independently using our Totally Transparent Research methodology. Learning cloud adoption patterns doesn’t just help us identify key problems and risks – we can use them to guide operational decisions to address the issues they consistently raise.

Defining the Journey—the Four Cloud Adoption Patterns

By Rich
This is the second post in our series, “Network Operations and Security Professionals’ Guide to Managing Public Cloud Journeys”, which we will release as a white paper after we complete the draft and have some time for public feedback. You might want to start with our first post. Special thanks to Gigamon for licensing. As always, the content is being developed completely independently using our Totally Transparent Research methodology. Understanding Cloud Adoption Patterns Cloud adoption patterns represent the most common ways organizations move from traditional operations into cloud computing. They contain the hard lessons learned by those who went before.

Your Cloud Journeys is Unique, but Not Unknown

By Rich
This is the first post in a new series, our “Network Operations and Security Professionals’ Guide to Managing Public Cloud Journeys”, which we will release as a white paper after we complete the draft and have some time for public feedback. Special thanks to Gigamon for licensing. As always, the content is being developed completely independently using our Totally Transparent Research methodology. Cloud computing is different, disruptive, and transformative. It has no patience for traditional practices or existing architectures. The cloud requires change, and there is a growing body of documentation on end states you should strive for, but a

Firestarter: Multicloud Deployment Structures and Blast Radius

By Rich
In this, our second Firestarter on multicloud deployments, we start digging into the technological differences between the cloud providers. We start with the concept of how to organize your account(s). Each provider uses different terminology but all support similar hierarchies. From the overlay of AWS organizations to the org-chart-from-the-start of an Azure tenant we dig into the details and make specific recommendations. We also discuss the inherent security barriers and cover a wee bit of IAM. Watch or listen:

DisruptOps: Breaking Attacker Kill Chains in AWS: IAM Roles

By Rich
Breaking Attacker Kill Chains in AWS: IAM Roles Over the past year I’ve seen a huge uptick in interest for concrete advice on handling security incidents inside the cloud, with cloud native techniques. As organizations move their production workloads to the cloud, it doesn’t take long for the security professionals to realize that the fundamentals, while conceptually similar, are quite different in practice. One of those core concepts is that of the kill chain, a term first coined by Lockheed Martin to describe the attacker’s process. Break any link and you break the attack, so this maps

Firestarter: So you want to multicloud?

By Rich
This is our first in a series of Firestarters covering multicloud. Using more than one IaaS cloud service provider is, well, a bit of a nightmare. Although this is widely recognized by anyone with hands-on cloud experience that doesn’t mean reality always matches our desires. From executives worried about lock in to M&A activity we are finding that most organizations are being pulled into multicloud deployments. In this first episode we lay out the top level problems and recommend some strategies for approaching them. Watch or listen:

What We Know about the Capital One Data Breach

By Rich
I’m not a fan of dissecting complex data breaches when we don’t have any information. In this case we do know more than usual due to the details in the complaint filed by the FBI. I want to be very clear that this post isn’t to blame anyone and we have only the most basic information on what happened. The only person we know is worthy of blame here is the attacker. As many people know Capital One makes heavy use of Amazon Web Services. We know AWS was involved in the attack because the federal complaint

DisruptOps: Build Your Own Multi-Cloud Security Monitoring in 30 Minutes or Less with StreamAlert

By Rich
Build Your Own Multi-Cloud Security Monitoring in 30 Minutes or Less with StreamAlert One of the most difficult problems in cloud security is building comprehensive multi-account/multi-cloud security monitoring and alerting. I’d say maybe 1 out of 10 organizations I assess or work with have something effective in place when I first show up. That’s why I added a major monitoring lab based on AirBnB’s StreamAlert project to the Securosis Advanced Cloud Security and Applied DevSecOps training class (we still have some spots available for our Black Hat 2019 class). Read the full post at DisruptOps

Apple Flexes Its Privacy Muscles

By Rich
Apple events follow a very consistent pattern, which rarely changes beyond the details of the content. This consistency has gradually become its own language. Attend enough events and you start to pick up the deliberate undertones Apple wants to communicate, but not express directly. They are the facial and body expressions beneath the words of the slides, demos, and videos. Five years ago I walked out of the WWDC keynote with a feeling that those undertones were screaming a momentous shift in Apple’s direction. That privacy was emerging as a foundational principle for the company. I wrote up my
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