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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.

Security and Compliance Weekly

  • Posted by barak engel
  • On December 22, 2021
So this was cool. I got invited by Jeff Man to join him, Kat Valentine, and Fredrick Lee on this great podcast. They asked some tough questions, I believe I managed to confuse everyone, a few eggs were broken, and Jeff is the best grandpa, ever. Check it out: Part 1 Part 2
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Preface from “The Security Hippie”

  • Posted by barak engel
  • On December 14, 2021
Wanna hear a crazy story? Shall we go to lunch? For me, these two questions seem to be naturally interlinked. So much so that I had struck many lasting friendships while answering them, as is (for example) evident in the foreword. Let’s face it: sharing stories over food – be it next to a campfire, […]
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GDPR is NOT a Data Protection Standard

  • Posted by barak engel
  • On December 10, 2021
(this is a repost dated April 2018 from my old blog, which I thought should be preserved as it is still oddly relevant) Stop it!I swear, if one more person comes to me and asks me about hashing or encrypting data or putting it in a vault somewhere or whatever, just so they no longer […]
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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.