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

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Speaking of supererogation, here's a great quote

Regarding yesterday's post about the word supererogation and how it can help you in your infosec career, here's a great quote by the poet Ovid that supports such an approach:

"Make the workmanship surpass the materials."

Spot on...otherwise you just fall in line with the majority. Not good for your career, not good for business.

My message to Republicans on this critical day in history

This is a big, big day for the future of the United States of America. The people spoke in the last election telling the jokers in Washington that we don't want their "hope and change" that's running this country into the ground. Today our new Congress gets rolling. But what's it going to lead to? I have my fingers crossed that we won't see more of the same old Big Government nonsense coming from the new Republican leadership in the House.

Republicans: You've let us down so many times in the past that the lines are now blurred between you and the Socialist Democrat party. You've all represented Big Government for years. So what are you going to do differently now?

Republicans: Know that we're watching...if you don't stick by your principles and the Constitution this time around I'm confident that our country as it was intended and your party will become a thing of the past and we'll fall in line with the rest of the sheeple around the world. The standard of living that we've all grown accustomed to in America will slowly erode away in the interest of "the greater good" of the dumb masses - a system proven to fail time and again over the centuries. If this is what ultimately occurs, Republicans who fail to stand by their principles from this point forward will carry that responsibility and that burden.

Republicans: Please, please proceed with caution and think long term...we've all got too much to lose.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Supererogation helps infosec

I saw a great Word of the Day from Merriam-Webster over the Christmas break: Supererogation

It means "the act of performing more than is required by duty, obligation, or need". Said another way it's going the extra mile above and beyond to make things happen.

If there's any one underlying component of being successful in everything you do it's doing all the other things that need to be done in security (or wherever in your life) after you've completed what's generally expected.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Security complacency & leadership - focus on both in 2011

Happy New Year! Here are a couple of recent pieces I wrote for Security Technology Executive magazine I thought would be good to get things rolling for 2011:

Don't lose sight of what's important

Four traits of successful information security leaders

My wishes to you and yours for a healthy and prosperous year ahead!