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Digital Forensics Professionals Encountering New Challenges

Bill Dean, Senior Manager, LBMC Security
Posted: 6/21/2017 3:05:00 PM | Category: Privacy | Permalink | Email this post

Bill DeanWhen I began performing digital forensics more than 10 years ago, things were relatively simple. At that time, the complexity of digital forensics revolved around ensuring each artifact of relevance was identified, and the proper tools to analyze them were available to leverage against computers used by the suspect.

The computer(s) of the suspect were typically the only focus. In some instances, we were also having to deal with mailbox exports of corporate users. When mobile devices came onto the scene in 2008 timeframe, our single device analysis approach to investigations was disrupted significantly. What are these things? Why don’t my hard drive forensics tools work on phones? We “forensicators” had no idea what challenges we would face in the next decade.


In Era of Digital Disruption, ISACA is Ready to Rise to the Occasion

Theresa Grafenstine, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC, CPA, CISSP, CIA, CGMA, CGAP, chair of ISACA’s Board of Directors and inspector general of the U.S. House of Representatives 
Posted: 6/19/2017 7:48:00 AM | Category: ISACA | Permalink | Email this post

Theresa GrafenstineMuch of what I learned about being a professional – and being part of a professional community – came through my association with ISACA.

As the first person in my family to graduate from college, I entered the workforce hungry for the educational resources, networking and professional growth opportunities to make an impact. ISACA provided that and much more, allowing me to envision and embark upon a career trajectory that otherwise would not have been possible.

My professional development was accelerated by pursuing ISACA volunteer opportunities such as helping to coordinate local conferences, which allowed me to make valuable industry contacts and build my project management skills. Eventually I became president of ISACA’s Greater Washington DC Chapter, providing another important opportunity to expand my skill set and learn more about the audit and assurance, governance, risk, and information and cyber security professions. Serving on several ISACA committees and on the board of directors provided further enrichment, both professionally and personally, as I am fortunate to have built treasured relationships with many of ISACA’s 130,000-plus members worldwide.


Building Skills and Capacity in the Banking System: A Case Study From India

Sunil Bakshi, CISA, CISM, CRISC, CGEIT, Consultant
Posted: 6/16/2017 3:07:00 PM | Category: Certification | Permalink | Email this post

Indian banks have deployed IT-based solutions to cater to increasing demands in the banking industry required for a growing economy. Adoption of technology has necessitated improving IT-related skills of experienced bankers. Considering the unavailability of internal IT skills, most banks resort to outsourcing IT activities. This has resulted in over-relying on third-party vendors and slackened the pace of acquisition of skills by bank employees.

Considering these limitations, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) – India’s central bank – appointed a ‘Committee on Capacity Building’ that has made recommendations relating to particular areas/components of function, such as recruitment, performance assessment, promotion, placement, job rotation, and skills and capacity building. The committee also has made a number of recommendations for certification of staff in specialized areas, emphasizing that banks should make certification mandatory for the following areas:


Business Model Transformation from Blockchain

Kris Seeburn, Technology Evangelist/Professor/Advisory Consultant
Posted: 6/15/2017 9:32:00 AM | Category: Risk Management | Permalink | Email this post

Kris SeeburnOur traditional business model as we known is at a crossroads considering the emergence of the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence and blockchain. We live in an era of disruption, and we need to redefine our business models.

We need to accept that almost every sector — from banking and utilities to entertainment and agriculture — can expect to experience major business model disruption as blockchain technologies take hold.

Because blockchain technology originated as the core mechanism of the bitcoin digital currency, there is a widespread belief that its potential is greatest in – or even limited to — the financial sector, but a different reality is unfolding.


Faces of ISACA: Gerard A. Joseph, CISA, CISSP, CSAM, Ph.D., Independent Consultant

Posted: 6/13/2017 3:13:00 PM | Category: ISACA | Permalink | Email this post

Editor’s note: The ISACA Now series titled “Faces of ISACA” highlights the contributions of ISACA members to our global professional community, as well as providing a sense of their lives outside of work. Today, we spotlight Australia-based consultant Gerard A. Joseph.

Australia resident and ISACA member Gerard Joseph has traveled extensively throughout the United States, as his visits to all 50 US states would attest.

One of Joseph’s can’t-miss US destinations is wherever ISACA’s North America CACS conference is taking place.

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