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

Friday, August 5, 2011

You're the sum of your choices

Here's a 67 second video that defines the essence of where we are in life, our careers and even in information security today:

I really like what John Wooden said:
"There's a choice you have to make in everything you do. So keep in mind that in the end the choice you make makes you."

I also love what John Maxwell says:
"It's your personal choices. If they're good, it's going to help make you. If they're bad, it's going to be the unmaking of you."

Indeed, we must use wisely our power of choice...Great stuff.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Digital distractions take top priority

Be it texting while driving, browsing Facebook while in a meeting or checking emails while having lunch with a friend, it seems that there's always something better for us to be doing. It's so much easier being somewhere else rather than in the moment. That's the essence of this well-written piece on Gizmodo:
The Epidemic of Digital Distraction

You see there's a human epidemic that not many people really care to acknowledge or talk about. It's the dangerous desire for instant gratification. Those who don't have the ability to think long term create many, many problems in their own lives and many, many problems in society (think big government). I believe it also contributes to people goofing off on the job.

Don't get me wrong, the desire for instant gratification is in us all. We just have to be disciplined enough to make the right choices. If you're interested in finding ways to slow down and live in the moment, you must read The Speed Trap:

It helped solidify this concept and made me realize I need to focus on the things that count.

The difference between "No" and "How"

Here's a humorous and thought-provoking post by my friend Pete Lindstrom that you should check out:
Dr. Laura as Information Security Officer

It's so easy for people to say "No" to information security rather than "How"...similar to how many people - children and adults alike - say "I can't!" rather than "How can I?".

People are always going to take the path of least resistance...if you let them.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Indeed, many executives are insulated from reality

Here's a piece where I, Richard Stiennon, Andrew Baker and others weigh on executive management's involvement in information security:

Focus Experts’ Briefing: How CEOs Can Prepare for and Respond to Cyberattacks

Unless and until executives get on board with security - across the board - I'll continue reciting one of my favorite quotes:

“Many executives are insulated from reality and consequently don’t know what the hell is going on.” -James Champy