You can't secure what you don't acknowledge.SM

Friday, January 9, 2009

Are you enslaved by trivial matters?

Here's a really good quote that complements my post on setting goals rather than those silly New Year's resolutions very nicely:

"In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it." -Robert Heinlein

So, sit down - even if it's just for 10 minutes - and set some real goals. Once you get the ball rolling and hold yourself accountable you'll see what I'm talking about.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Do you use the "try" construct in your logic decisions?

During a recent security assessment I was reviewing some application development standards my client had in place. One of the requirements was for developers to never use the "try" construct in their programming to make logic decisions. This struck a chord with me. I realized this is no different in real life.

As Yoda once said: "Do or do not, there is no try." I absolutely love that saying. In fact, I've all but eliminated the word "try" from my vocabulary. It's a self-limiting word that's worth nothing more than to excuse failure in advance.

If you want to do more, earn more, and accomplish more, do (notice I didn't say try) this yourself. If you eliminate the word try from your vocabulary and remind yourself of Yoda's quote (hint: post it on your desk or mirror where you see it all the time) every day, month after month and year after year, you'll get more done, impress a lot of people, and realize there's absolutely nothing you cannot do in your information security career.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Have you reached your stopping point?

Welcome back and Happy New Year!!

We've all got job security on our minds as much as information security going into 2009. With that today is a big day. Not because of all the emails, meetings, and gargantuan to-do lists we have to start working on. That's all little stuff.

Today's a big day because it's the perfect day to scrap that nasty habit of creating those pie-in-the-sky New Year's resolutions that never come to fruition and, instead, do something real and meaningful. Something that's going to get you results. That is, setting real goals.

One thing is clear: you can't go any further in your life and career being who you currently are and knowing what you currently know. Setting tangible and realistic goals that you make yourself accountable to will make BIG changes for you in 2009. Here's how to get started:
  1. Determine what you want for yourself.
  2. Put each of your goals down on paper or in Microsoft Word or wherever - just document each goal very specifically and in the present tense such as "I earn $100,000".
  3. Set a deadline for each goal.
  4. Write out the steps you have to take to accomplish each goal.
  5. Prioritize all of your goals. Your #1 goal should be the one thing that'll make the biggest positive change for you and your family.
  6. Get started - just do something - today, now!
  7. Revisit your goals every day to program your subconscious mind so it positively affects each and every decision you make day in and day out.
If it makes sense, for each of your goals write out what roadblocks you're going to have and whose support you're going to rely to make things happen. This will help make your goals crystal clear.

That's it. Goal setting is not all that complicated but it does take initiative. You've got to want to make positive changes in your life and your career. If you don't, you'll just be at the exact same place this time next year. I can promise you that.

I'm going to be focusing on careers a lot this year in my blog and in my forthcoming audio programs. It's something I'm passionate about and it's something I hope you'll be able to benefit from. Let 2009 be the year to clarify your goals and make yourself more valuable. It's a choice on your part but know that I'll be here to help.

Stay tuned...