Nathaniel Cole

CISO and Security leader with experience as a business and technical leader across multiple industries. After 15 years in security, I have a track record of building, deploying and managing modern security programs that not only transform technical security but also organizational security culture.

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PCI Compliance Logging Requirements & How to Meet Them

The payment Card Industry (PCI) is a set of requirements that organizations are required to be audited against to accept, process, or store any payment card information. This standard is designed to help the brand label cards (AMEX, Discovery, Visa, etc.) reduce fraud risk through the loss or compromise of credit cards. As part of …

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How Much Does a Cyber Security Risk Assessment Cost in 2023?

Nearly every security framework and regulation requires risk management to be integrated into an organization’s operations. The premise is that to understand the priorities, the organization must first understand the threats and what risk or impact those threats pose. It may seem obvious, but many organizations and security practitioners lose sight of this key fundamental …

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What is a Cyber Security Risk Assessment? Is it Worthwhile?

A cyber security risk assessment, not to be confused with a vulnerability assessment, is the process of evaluating and codifying the risk to your organization through a process of evaluating assets, controls, threats, and attack techniques. Many components of the risk assessment will be subjective, in that decisions will be based on opinion or experience, …

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How Much Every Type of Penetration Testing Costs [2023]

There’s a reason it’s so hard to benchmark penetration testing costs: Every test with every firm is unique. Which is insane, because they’re all doing the same thing. They’re all finding holes in your infrastructure, exploiting them, and writing about it in a report. But just like so many things in cybersecurity, the devil is …

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How Much Does Web Application Penetration Testing Cost in 2023?

Web application penetration testing is not just for tech companies. Web apps have become a critical component for organizations of all kinds to streamline access, management, and interaction with data. Because most web applications are presented externally, they can open an organization to a leak of sensitive data or security breach through the exploitation of …

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Read Before You Contract 3rd Party PCI Penetration Testing

Any organization processing, storing, or transmitting cardholder data (CHD) must attain certification or submit a self-attestation of compliance, according to PCI-DSS standards. PCI-DSS v3-2-1 has been published and in effect since 2018, with the most recent (4-0) being released in March of 2022, both of which are available in PCI-DSS Document Library. As part of …

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