Alyned Thinking

Why new thinking is needed and how we are putting our expertise to work.
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1000 Free Credits and Further Advancements in the New Release

Hi, my name is Manuel and I am the CTO of Alyne. In my first blog post, I will briefly cover the improvements of the new Alyne release for March, 2016. This will be - or so we hope - the start of a long, long series of release posts as we embrace the old-school guiding principle:

Release early. Release often. And listen to your customers.

Eric S. Raymond in The Cathedral and the Bazaar
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How to succeed as a new CISO — Part 1

Congratulations! You have a new job as something like CISO (Chief Information Security Officer), CSO (Chief Security Officer), Head of Information Security or similar. This can be a great gig or it can be your worst nightmare (sometimes more or less at the same time).

I’ve been there and I have the scars and credentials to prove it. So, let me give you some tips for your first days.

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Doing Risk Assessments Right

Most organisations follow a sample based approach to identifying risk or gaining assurance for reasons of cost and practicality. Risk Assessments are already widely used and accepted as a method for risk identification and assurance and can be an extremely powerful and cost effective tool when done right and an utterly useless tool if done wrong. Consider the global practice of filing tax returns as a highly effective way of getting billions of people to declare their income and deductibles through a self assessment process. The previous Safe Harbor scheme, on the other hand, is an example of applying self assessments without any controls or meaningful oversight and using self assessments very poorly.

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Assessing 50 vendors in three minutes

Are you spending too much time on vendor governance without meaningful results to show for it? Are you stuck figuring out if you are asking the right questions in your self assessments? Watch how you can easily setup an assessment of 50 vendors in real time on Alyne in just three minutes.

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Alyne is Alive

It’s been an intensive couple of months filled with lots of hard work, tough discussions, a ridiculous number of Slack messages around the clock and a substantial amount of drinks trying to reach the Ballmer Peak. With the publishing of this article, Alyne is now officially live and ready for business. The developed platform represents not only our current product, but also a foundation for a pipeline full of exciting features and functionality planned for the next months and years.

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