Home Depot earnings indicate there is no fear

Home Depot (NYSE: HD) continues to grow with consumer fears of the data breach well behind us. Consumer behavior continues to demonstrate that the public is not bothered by these events. Earnings and the stock price continue to rise after the breach which goes against the conventional wisdom in Infosec that customers will leave after […]

Target Continues to Conquer All

Black Friday is back and the retail sector is better this year.  According to reports Target (NYSE: TGT) sales figures are up 40% over last year. Consumers really did not care about the hacking last year, and this continues to prove that such events are largely forgotten and do not influence consumer behavior. As we […]

The Coming Financial Insurance Infosec Polar Vortex Storm Cloud

Twitter (NYSE: TWTR) is such an amazing tool for communicating and sharing ideas.   @Wh1t3Rabbit  @DFIR_Janitor @_sw17ch and I had some discussions regarding a topic that I have been discussing with @chriscarpinello for some time.  The great topic of Cyberinsurance!  The most recent article to kick off a lively discussion was published by ZDNet: Police can’t stop cybercriminals, but […]

Correlation Between Hackers and Target Stock Performance

Every retail CEO is blaming the weather for the poor sales.  We all know that Target (NYSE:TGT) had a bad holiday because of hackers and not the weather, right?  Well now Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) blew up their numbers and they’re saying it was the weather too.  How is this possible?  Obviously the hackers must have scared everyone […]

Emoji May Be The Language Of The Future In Business

Business Insider is covering the use of Emoji in communication.  This is something that is sure to outrage Grammar Nazis and those who are proper language traditionalists. Rather than panic and wonder how the youth are going to make it, we should step back and think outside the box. We already have situations in business […]

Refusing To Hire Black Hats May Be Risky And Costly

The topic of hiring reformed Black Hats continues to be a matter of debate.  Some believe that ‘You’re shooting yourself in the foot if you’re not willing to hire a hacker’ while others believe such an idea is preposterous because it is not possible to reform any person who has been convicted.  Others may believe it simply […]

Booz Allen Still A Good Investment

Accenture is interested in buying Booz & Co., a spin out from Booz Allen Hamilton.  Someone became a little jumpy and decided to buy shares of Booz Allen Hamilton thinking they were getting access to Booz & Co.  For a company that has leaks there is enough interest to continue our hypothesis that hacking or […]

Leaking Data Does Not Hurt Value

At first glance it looked like $BAH would never get another government contract.  But now $BAH is up 30% from when it was revealed that Edward Snowden worked for them.  They are unlikely to be “leaked out of business” by Snowden’s actions.  This adds to the historical evidence that companies do not go out of […]

Improve Security and Efficiency By Going Cloud

Microsoft’s cloud trust study indicates cloud security is a matter of perception.  A recent Trustworthy Computing survey indicates that small businesses that try cloud services seem to appreciate what they have to offer.  This is no surprise since they are in business to make money, not manage infrastructure.  Outsourcing is an opportunity cost decision.  In almost all cases […]