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Stan Stahl, President of Citadel Information Group and the Los Angeles chapter of the Information Security Systems Association (ISSA-LA) joins us once again to discuss the latest developments in cyber security including:

  • major hacks of Home Depot, JP Morgan and Sony were just a few of the big names in the headlines in 2014;
  • the Justice Department naming Chinese Liberation Army officers in a criminal complaint;
    • the cost of data breaches to small and medium size business; and
  • President Obama’s revival of his cyber security agenda.


We will also discuss:

  • ISSA’s Seventh Annual Information Security Summit set for June 4th which will feature as a keynote Bruce Schneier – an internationally renowned security technologist, called a “security guru” by The Economist.  His influential newsletter “Crypto-Gram” and his blog “Schneier on Security” are read by over 250,000 people.  Schneier is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, a program fellow at the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute, a board member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Advisory Board Member of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and the Chief Technology Officer at Co3 Systems, Inc;;
  • his work with California’s Cyber Security Task Force; and


  • did he have any thoughts on Michael Mann’s :Blackhat”?

Recent Developments:


STAN3X3.jpgDr. Stahl is a pioneer in the field of information security, having entered the field in 1980. Earlier in his career he secured teleconferencing at the White House, databases inside Cheyenne Mountain and the communications network controlling our nuclear weapons arsenal.

Dr. Stahl excels at helping his clients develop and implement information security management strategies consistent with their unique information security responsibilities, their business realities and their cultural circumstances. He has that rare gift of being able to describe the complexities of information security in a way that makes sense to real-world non-technical business professionals.

Dr. Stahl has been President of ISSA-LA — the Los Angeles Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association — since 2008 (ISSA-LA) and is the creator of the Chapter’s It Takes the Village to Secure the Village SM program.

He originated the Chapter’s Community Outreach Advisory Board to guide the Chapter’s community activities. Among its more than 25 members are leading attorneys, accountants, insurance brokers and other business professionals in the Los Angeles community. Nearly 800 people — a mix of security and IT professionals, business leaders, law enforcement and educators — attended the Chapter’s annual Information Security Summit last year.

Dr. Stahl leads two ISSA-LA working groups. The Financial Services Security Forum is a monthly forum of treasury and security professionals in financial services together with law enforcement. The CFO Information Security Working Group is a bi-monthly forum for Chief Financial Officers and other Senior Managers responsible for managing the people who manage IT and/or information security. Both groups offer opportunities to learn together, helping their organizations more effectively manage the risks — financial and otherwise — associated with cybercrime.

Dr. Stahl’s unusual leadership and management capabilities was developed through a career filled with growth, innovation and achievement in the management of technology and its strategic integration into the organization. He has honed his craft not only through his extensive experience in the management of information security but also through his experiences (i) as COO of an online management education and training company, (ii) as a strategic management consultant specializing in business performance, (iii) a software engineer and research scientist in early secure computing and (iv) as a mathematics professor.

During the Reagan administration, Dr. Stahl was invited to serve on a White House Presidential Task Force to recommend government strategies to better secure private-sector computer and communications systems. During that same period he was invited to serve on a National Information Security Study Group, a joint program of the National Security Agency and the Department of Commerce designed to determine national information security needs.

Dr. Stahl speaks extensively about information security, both at conferences and at professional or civic associations. Together with David Lam, he co-authored the cyber security management section of the ASIS Protection of Assets Manual. He edits the firm’s weekly newsletter — the Cyber Security News of the Week and the Weekend Vulnerability and Patch Report — which is is emailed to nearly 20,000 people every week.

Dr. Stahl earned his Ph.D. in mathematics from The University of Michigan and spent nearly 15 years teaching university mathematics. He serves on the Industry Advisory Boardof the Information Technology Program at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering and theCalifornia Cybersecurity Task Force convened jointly by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and the California Department of Technology.


This will be Stan’s 7th appearance on CLBR.  Past appearances:

April 23, 2014

The State of Cyber Security with Stan Stahl
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May 29, 2013
The State of Cyber Security; Information System Security Association Los Angeles Findings; Role of Insurance in Cyber Security
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February 28, 2013
Cyber Attacks and Cyber Crime Abroad
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September 12, 2012
Cyber Security and GoDaddy
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August 10, 2011
Anonymous Facebook Threat and Information Security Management
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March 9, 2011
Consumer Awareness about Security
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