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Cody Whelan

Cody Whelan is a Risk Consultant for RiskLens

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How I Analyzed the Top 10 Cybersecurity Risks for a Financial Institution (a Deep Dive)

Posted May 19, 2017 by Cody Whelan

For a few weeks now in blog posts, I’ve referenced the Top 10 cybersecurity risk analysis I conducted with RiskLens for a financial institution customer (see In a Top 10 Risks Analysis, Get These Two Factors Right).  Now that anticipation is at a peak, I figured I would provide my overview, along with some key insights to each risk-analysis scenario.  

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In a Top-10 Risks Analysis, Get These 2 Factors Right

Posted May 2, 2017 by Cody Whelan

I just wrapped an engagement analyzing a bank’s top 10 risks with RiskLens, and the results were surprising: One of the risks the bank’s infosecurity team most feared turned out to be not much of a concern while another risk that was flying under their radar in fact had the potential to do them serious harm.

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Case Study: Data Walking Out the Door. Data Masking Worth It?

Posted March 17, 2017 by Cody Whelan

The CISO knew he had a data leak but he didn’t know how big. He suspected data masking was the solution but he couldn’t make a business case for the investment. Those were the problems RiskLens Risk Consultant Cody Whelan and team set out to solve for this client. (No company names here; we respect our clients’ privacy.) 

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How to Get Better Risk Analysis Results by Focusing on Probability vs Possibility

Posted February 27, 2017 by Cody Whelan

Trench warfare on the risk analysis front

I am ashamed to admit it, but it’s happened to me before.

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Assumptions Are A Powerful Thing

Posted February 16, 2017 by Cody Whelan

In my last post, I discussed the importance of scoping in risk analysis.

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How To Scope A Risk Analysis Using FAIR

Posted January 27, 2017 by Cody Whelan

There is nothing finer than a well-constructed and thought-out risk scenario, bar none.

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Demanding More of IRM: Risk Assessments

Posted January 10, 2017 by Cody Whelan

From GRC to IRM

A shift, or something of a rebranding within the GRC space has been gathering steam over the past few months.

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What Is The Right Kind of Quantification in Cyber Risk Management?

Posted November 11, 2016 by Cody Whelan

As part of our series on the newly proposed cyber risk management regulations for US banks, I wanted to piggyback off of the great insights my colleague Isaiah McGowan recently shared in a post, as well as bring to the forefront a concerning premonition that is based on past experience.

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RiskLens Loss Tables: What They Are And Why We Love Them

Posted October 11, 2016 by Cody Whelan

What’s the same about a lost company cell phone, a web application attack and a database breach?

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The Inherent Problems of Vendor Risk Assessments Without A Model

Posted October 3, 2016 by Cody Whelan

The vendor assessment teams we’ve had the opportunity to work with are great.

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