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Making Sense of the SANS “Top Cyber Security Risks” Report

by Russell on September 21, 2009

The SANS Top Cyber Security Risks report has received a lot of positive publicity. I applaud the effort and goals of the study and it may have some useful conclusions. We should have more of this. Unfortunately, the report has some major problems. The main conclusions may be valid but the supporting analysis is either confusing or weak. It would also be good if this study could be extended by adding data from other vendors and service providers.

Visualization Friday – Improving a Bad Graphic

by Russell on September 18, 2009

We can learn from bad visualization examples by correcting them. This example is from the newly released SANS “Top Cyber Security Risks” report. Their first graphic has a simple message, but due to various misleading visual cues, it’s confusing. A simplified graphic works much better, but they probably don’t need a graphic at all — a bulleted list works just as well. Moral of this story: don’t simply hand your graphics to a designer with the instructions to “make this pretty”. Yes, the resulting graphic may be pretty, but it may lose its essential meaning or it might just be more confusing than enlightening. Someone has to take responsibility for picking the right visualization metaphor and structures.

12 Tips for Designing an InfoSec Risk Scorecard (its harder than it looks)

by Russell on September 14, 2009

An “InfoSec risk scorecard” attempts to include all the factors that drive information security risk – threats, vulnerabilities, controls, mitigations, assets, etc. But for the sake of simplicity, InfoSec risk scorecards don’t include any probabilistic models, causal models, or the like. It can only roughly approximate it under simplifying assumptions. This leaves the designer open to all sorts of problems. Here are 12 tips that can help you navigate these difficulty. It’s harder than it looks.

Only an idea after a bunch of calculating

by adam on September 6, 2009

Andrew Koppelman has a post on lawprof blog Balkinization, titled “You have no idea:” This data sits uneasily beside a recent study in the American Journal of Medicine of personal bankruptcies in the United States. In 2007, 62% of all (…)

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