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Ransomware in the Covid-19 era

Ransomware has been a well-known phenomenon for a while, but in recent weeks, increased activity has been observed due to the corona crisis. It is currently very busy at healthcare institutions and staff are working overtime under stress. Attackers try to take advantage of the situation. For example, we received input from a hospital, where…

Floris van den Broek

Free CISSP body of knowledge study template

The Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP) certification is a way for security engineers, managers, executives, and consultants to show they have a firm grasp of the technical and organizational aspects of Information Security. The official study guide provided by (ISC)², the organization behind CISSP, contains 948 pages of study material divided over eight domains….

Joost Krapels

2020 information science research agenda

At ICT Institute we aim to combine academic research and practical applications. One way we do this, is by selecting topics for information research. Below is the list of topics that we identified as relevant in 2020. For each topic, one or more students from the Amsterdam Vrije Universiteit will write a thesis. A total…

Sieuwert van Otterloo

Checklist for an information security audit

Several participants of our information security training course have asked us for an audit plan checklist. In this article we share our checklist based on the official IRCA/CQI guidelines. The checklist is applicable to both internal and external audits. It was designed for ISO 27001 audits but can also be used for other ISO standards. 

Sieuwert van Otterloo

Information Security – Incident management & template incident register

Information Security is a continuous effort; staff handling information needs to be trained regularly, systems need updating to remain secure, assets and risks change, and incidents need addressing. A complete risk register gives you a good idea of what might happen, but without a plan for both anticipated and unanticipated incidents there is a good…

Joost Krapels