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In this new book, Barak looks at security purely through the lens of story-telling, sharing many and varied experiences from his long and accomplished career as organizational and thought leader, and visionary in the information security field.

Instead of instructing, this book teaches by example, sharing many real situations in the field and actual events from real companies, as well as Barak’s related takes and thought processes.

An out-of-the-mainstream, counterculture thinker – Hippie – in the world of information security, Barak’s rich background and unusual approach to the field come forth in this book in vivid color and detail, allowing the reader to sit back and enjoy these experiences, and perhaps gain insights when faced with similar issues themselves or within their organizations.

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Tales From A Security Hippie

The world of cybersecurity is vast yet fast-moving and constantly evolving. That’s why perspective is so important. Click here to read more of Barak’s musings.

Do We Need a Pentest?

  • Posted by barak engel
  • On August 2, 2023
Having firmly established my reputation as the HexCISO – the security antichrist, who constantly tried to turn the security dial down, in clear violation of all the rules of cyber career and product promotions – as you know, I occasionally like to write these little pieces about down-to-earth topics in security. Very basic, non-exciting, shockingly […]
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My Turn to Talk about Joe

  • Posted by barak engel
  • On October 18, 2022
Let’s talk a little bit about the Uber/Joe Sullivan case. Yes, I know, it’s already yesterday’s news, and I’m so very late to the party. Still. As you know, I made my career in being a recurring non-officer CISO – a “virtual CISO” many, many times over, always for several companies at once. This, perhaps, […]
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Breach Mongering

  • Posted by barak engel
  • On April 18, 2022
Are you a senior, non-technology executive or board member? especially so for a public company? Have you had to deal with your CISO lately? Isn’t it just the most fun you could ever imagine having? Fifty Shades aside, let’s talk for a moment about why those conversations usually end up with only one person (not […]
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In a SaaS Startup

Lovely chat with Raj Umadas about this question that, from experience, I can state unequivocally is on many people’s minds.

The session was sponsored by the ever gracious Wallarm, even though we didn’t talk about them or their products at all. Good on them.