Bob Covello

Bob Covello

Bob Covello (@BobCovello) is a 20-year technology veteran and InfoSec analyst with a passion for security topics. He is also a volunteer for various organizations focused on advocating for and advising others about staying safe and secure online.

November 6, 2018 | Bob Covello

The Many Ways your Phone Communicates

Are you familiar with all the ways that your smart phone communicates?  The other evening, at dinner, I was describing to a friend how the VPN software I use on my phone masks my location when I am on the internet.  Sometimes, I am in Helsinki, and other times, I may be in another part of the world.…

October 10, 2018 | Bob Covello

Time to Cover your Selfie Camera

I am reading an excellent book named “Cringeworthy:  A Theory of Awkardness”, which examines exactly as the title describes, awkward situations and how to deal with them.  I love reading non-fiction books that are not InfoSec related.  There is so much to learn out there about so many topics.  Sometimes, however, I am led…

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September 27, 2018 | Bob Covello

One Day, NCSAM will be a Fond Memory

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), and I thought it would be a neat idea to offer some ideas about best practices for good passwords.  Since I have written about this before, I figured it would be the easiest thing ever, especially with all the advances in password management technology, and the new NIST Guidelines.  I…

June 11, 2018 | Bob Covello

A Step Toward a Better Cyber Workforce

Do you believe that we have a severe shortage, or are you on the side that argues that there are plenty of qualified workers and it is the hiring managers who don’t understand their own position descriptions?Do you believe that certifications are the path to a prepared cyber workforce, or are you one who relies on more…

May 15, 2018 | Bob Covello

Gather Your OSINT Before the Interview for Your InfoSec Stint

Are you a new InfoSec professional, perhaps seeking your first job in the growing field of Information Security? Many years ago, before the internet existed, a person would use the local newspaper to perform a job search. The usual protocols were often followed, including the sending of a resume, an introductory phone call (if the recipient liked the resume), and…

April 23, 2018 | Bob Covello

The InfoSec Marshmallow

I was listening to the Jordan Harbinger podcast the other day.  If you are a student of social dynamics, listening to this podcast is the best way to spend at least one hour of your week.  The producer of the show mentioned how a particular person was the type who “definitely ate the marshmallow”.  This…

March 1, 2018 | Bob Covello

What We Lack Most in InfoSec: Inherited Credibility

Ask any InfoSec person the following question:What do you lack most in your job?Can you predict the answers?  Of course you can.  Most InfoSec folks will answer that they lack money, and resources (also known as “people”).  Some of the more creative types will also mention that they lack time.These are all…

January 26, 2018 | Bob Covello

NY State Department of Financial Services New Cybersecurity Regulation – CISO Attestation Due Feb 15

The first New York State (NYS) Department of Financial Services (DFS) CISO Attestation is due on February 15th.Last year, the NYS DFS enacted a new cybersecurity regulation that affects all financial companies that conduct business in the State of New York.The regulation is targeted towards financial companies that conduct business in New York State.  A "Covered Entity"…

December 19, 2017 | Bob Covello

My Password Pal

“Sorry pal, my password is Spring2017. Deal with it.”Someone said those words to me the other day.  As an InfoSec professional, I’ve have grown accustomed to this type of indignant proclamation.  My jaw no longer drops to the table anymore when I hear folks speaking this way, but I still have trouble…

November 20, 2017 | Bob Covello

Adjusting Your Baseline

I went to the doctor the other day and she noted that my numbers were a little higher than last year.  I asked, “Hey Doc, should I be concerned?”  “Not really”, she said.  She then went on to explain that as humans age, the numbers will shift to reflect the differences in our…

September 20, 2017 | Bob Covello

Blockchain Technology as a Replacement for Our Stolen Identities

Just when we thought, “it couldn’t get worse”. Just when we boldly exclaimed, “I never applied for a government job, so I don’t have to worry about what happened at the Office of Personnel Management”.Just when we confidently boasted, “Well, I was never an Ashley Madison subscriber”.Equifax happened. …

August 23, 2017 | Bob Covello

Your All-Access Pass to Incident Response

Are you new in InfoSec? Perhaps you are not a newcomer, yet you find yourself wanting to have a greater role in the organization’s security functions. Too often, security operations are based on a need-to-know model, which shuts out many people who would love to know more so they can grow as security professionals.The path to the…

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