Author Archives: Eric Cowperthwaite

About Eric Cowperthwaite

Nearly 30 year security professional, 11 years in the US Army, and another 18 in the civilian world. Worked for EDS for 9 years, then for Providence Health & Services as their CSO for 7 years. Now I work for CORE Security as their VP, Advanced Security & Strategy. This blog is not just about security, either physical or information. You can expect to read about cigars, my life, things I think are funny and much more. And I will rail about the FUD that so many security practitioners toss around on a regular basis. Plus, once in a great while, I might actually share a thought or two about security. Did I mention that I will probably blog about cigars? Just to be clear, nothing that I write here represents the position or opinion of my employer. Nothing I write here is proprietary or confidential to my employer. Everything I write here is my personal opinion.

What Is A Good Security Program?

What distinguishes a good security program? One of the hardest questions to answer in the Information Security field is whether our security program is good, or not. It’s a question we want to answer for many reasons, not least of … Continue reading

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Vulnerability Management Re-Visited

I know, boring topic. Just part of IT and Security operations. Nothing sexy here. It’s way more fun to think about how to beat those nasty, mean APT’s, how to detect malware actively on your network, how to do fancy … Continue reading

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My Memorial Day: Pulled Pork and Cigars

It’s a 3 day weekend that traditionally announces the beginning of summer. And Monday is the day that we memorialize those who have given their lives in our wars. I’ll do two things I have been doing for years this … Continue reading

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Blaming the Victim for the Crime

Putting the victim on trial. Decades ago we learned to stop putting victims of sexual abuse, domestic violence and rape “on trial”. Well, mostly anyhow. But we, mostly, stopped blaming the girl because she wore a short skirt or went … Continue reading

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You Can’t Defend Without Intelligence

Imagine you are an Army General. And you have been given responsibility to defend a town that is the key to the local road network. You have a specific set of units under your command and several days to prepare … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolution: Stop Being a Victim

I was recently asked what I thought should be the most important resolution for consumers going in to 2014. A resolution in the context of improving the individual consumers personal and financial security. Since the request was for publication in … Continue reading

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2013: A Roller Coaster

Or, as my wife put it, Random Ramblings of a Security Executive. Yes, it’s that time. Writing a blog post to wrap up the year, just all the rest of you do. I decided I’d cover my personal and professional … Continue reading

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