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

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Asking the right questions

One of the elements of being successful in security is asking the right questions - and not being afraid to do so. As information security professionals we can, and should, question the funding of security projects, management being on board with the business risks at hand, and so on.

I recently came across two great quotes regarding questioning. First, Anthony Robbins said "Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers." Second, Albert Einstein said "The important thing is to not stop questioning."

We don't have to be pests and we certainly need to be careful and not do more harm than good when getting people on our side. But if you approach your security initiatives with enough finesse and confidence and show how you're concerned about the business your questioning might be just what the doctor ordered.

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