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Ashley Madison self-assessments highlight security fears and failures

Steve Ragan | Aug. 21, 2015
Internal assessments highlight core concerns for company executives

Noel Biderman, CEO, ALM: Data exfiltration, confidentiality of the data. An insider data breach would be very harmful. Have we done good enough a job vetting everyone, are we on top of it.

Kevin MacCall, VP Operations, ALM: Had trouble maintaining our production environment. If the cause was deemed to be actions/lack of actions on someone in operations, ball being dropped on something that we should have been responsible for. Underestimate technical impacts of changes from the business. There's a lack of security awareness across the organization.

What are your most critical goals and objectives?

Kevin MacCall, VP Operations, ALM: Security has become more critical. Everything we're doing is repeatable, automation, monitoring for visibility. Measurements of these goals subjective.

Trevor Sykes, CTO, ALM: Execute most critical impacts. Security (protecting everything we have), executing well. Process improvements on getting business asks done, increasing transparency and achieving shared understanding of how to get things done.

What are your three greatest business problems or obstacles?

Trevor Sykes, CTO, ALM: Flexibility. Hard to build 12-24 month horizon when the business needs/wants the flexibility the change their minds. Awareness of impacts of changing our minds.

Chris Western, QA Manager, ALM: Staffing. You can't build a quality QA team if they are just doing exploratory manual testing. No engagement. For some of the QA, the only reason they are here because they don't feel they can get a job somewhere else, their skill set has aged out. Fighting with the environments. Information silos.


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