Stan Stahl, President of Citadel Information Systems, returns to discuss the latest Cyber Security issues.



You Say Tomato, I Say You Got Hacked?

GoDaddy Hacked, or Just a Technical Glitch?, Technorati
GoDaddy outage makes websites unavailable for many Internet users (Updated), ArsTechnica

At publication time, there was no evidence to support claims that the outage was the result of a denial of service attack. The unverified claims came from someone who identified himself as a member of the Anonymous hacking collective. The North American Network Operators Group has yet to provide any evidence supporting or refuting claims a denial-of-service attack was responsible

White House Weighs Responses In Light of Failure of Cyber-Security Legislation

White House Comprehensive National Cyber-security Initiative

  • To establish a front line of defense against today’s immediate threats by creating or enhancing shared situational awareness of network vulnerabilities, threats, and events within the Federal Government—and ultimately with state, local, and tribal governments and private sector partners—and the ability to act quickly to reduce our current vulnerabilities and prevent intrusions.
  • To defend against the full spectrum of threats by enhancing U.S. counterintelligence capabilities and increasing the security of the supply chain for key information technologies.
  • To strengthen the future cybersecurity environment by expanding cyber education; coordinating and redirecting research and development efforts across the Federal Government; and working to define and develop strategies to deter hostile or malicious activity in cyberspace.

Obama May Use Executive Order to Advance Cybersecurity Policies, US News

Senate Defeat Of Flawed Cybersecurity Bill Allows Time For Improvement, ThinkProgress

Taking the Cyberattack Threat Seriously, President Barack Obama, Wall Street Journal

It doesn’t take much to imagine the consequences of a successful cyber attack. In a future conflict, an adversary unable to match our military supremacy on the battlefield might seek to exploit our computer vulnerabilities here at home. Taking down vital banking systems could trigger a financial crisis. The lack of clean water or functioning hospitals could spark a public health emergency. And as we’ve seen in past blackouts, the loss of electricity can bring businesses, cities and entire regions to a standstill.

Norton Releases 2012 Cybercrime Report

Dr. Stan Stahl

Dr. Stahl is a pioneer in the field of information security, having entered the field in 1980. He began his career securing teleconferencing at the White House, databases inside Cheyenne Mountain and the communications network controlling our nuclear weapons arsenal. As President of Citadel Information Group, he brings this experience to business, government, and the not-for-profit community.

Dr. Stahl excels at helping his clients develop and implement information security management strategies consistent with their unique information security responsibilities, their business realities and their cultural circumstances. This unusual management capability was developed through a career filled with growth, innovation and achievement in the management of technology and its strategic integration into the organization. Dr. Stahl has honed his craft not only through his extensive experience in the management of information security but also through his experiences as (i) COO of an online management education and training company, (ii) a strategic management consultant specializing in business performance, (iii) a software engineer, (iv) a research scientist and even (v) a mathematics professor.

Dr. Stahl earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from The University of Michigan and spent nearly 15 years teaching university mathematics. Once an active researcher, Dr. Stahl has published more than a dozen papers in advanced mathematics and computer science. He has taught courses in information security, software engineering, project management and computer programming at several universities and colleges. He recently served on the faculty at the University of Southern California in the School of Engineering’s Information Technology Program.

A few highlights from Dr. Stahl’s information security portfolio:

  • Co-founder of Citadel Information Group, providing information security management services to business, government, and the not-for-profit community so they might more effectively secure their critical information assets
  • President, Los Angeles Chapter, Information Systems Security Association
  • Invited-Member of White House Presidential Task Force, recommending government strategies to better secure private-sector computer and communications systems
  • Invited-Member of National Information Security Study Group, supporting National Security Agency and Department of Commerce in determining national information security needs
  • Led design teams prototyping first provably-secure firewall and first provable multilevel secure database management system
  • Developed first formal general-purpose mathematically-sound information security model; co-developed Fundamental Equation of Information Security
  • Information security author, including Information Security Management Handbook, 5th and 6th Editions
  • Speaks regularly on information security management, conferences, seminars and workshops, both in the US and internationally
  • Past-Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Continuity Insights and author of TechTalk column