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

Monday, January 13, 2014

How do you exercise your "power" in IT?

My new favorite quote I came across recently is the following from Ayn Rand:

"Economic power is exercised by means of a positive, by offering men a reward, an incentive, a payment, a value; political power is exercised by means of a negative, by the threat of punishment, injury, imprisonment, destruction. The businessman's tool is values; the bureaucrat's tool is fear."

...interestingly, her quote applies directly to IT and security by simply tweaking the first word:

"IT power is exercised by means of a positive, by offering men a reward, an incentive, a payment, a value; political power is exercised by means of a negative, by the threat of punishment, injury, imprisonment, destruction. The businessman's tool is values; the bureaucrat's tool is fear."  


If you truly want people to "get" you and your IT/security initiatives you'll focus as much on your communication skills as you do your technical or business skills...People respect and want to do business with those whom they like and trust. Why not make developing this area of your career your top priority for 2014...? More on IT and information security careers and being a good businessman here.