Curated Catalyst for Weekend (Sept 20-22) - trick to make more time, online influence for security, harmful language

Three articles curated to provoke thinking, create conversation, and purposefully cross-pollinate diverse solutions in the field of information security.

On Tuesday, I participated in a lively discussion at the Cyber Security Think Tank this week. I took notes of the major themes -- topics to explore further in the coming weeks and months on Translating Security Value. The graphical recorder was amazing. Once I get the scans, I'll share what he captured. A recap of the events is here:

I enjoyed the conversations in the chat, on twitter, and those that took place since, largely as a result. I was serious when suggesting this is only the beginning of the conversation.

I participate in my first ever tweet chat next Wednesday at 9a Eastern. Perhaps we can engage there and keep the conversation going?

In the meantime, here are three articles selected to stimulate some thinking -- and discussion -- on how we might draw on other fields to improve our approach to the practice of security.

Out of time? Give some away & it’ll feel like you have more


What I took away from it:

We keep looking for more hours in the day. No magic tricks, but perhaps there is a way to create the perception of more time. Better, we'll help others and build better relationships in the process.

Online, an initial positive rating is surprisingly influential


What I took away from it:

This holds true in the enterprise. Especially because our success depends on marketing and sales. If people think what you're doing is negative… they'll react accordingly. Focus instead on getting early adoption and providing a positive experience. Find and support the influencers in the organization. Capture their stories. Use them to build the momentum for adoption.

New Study: “Using harsh verbal discipline with teens found to be harmful"


What I took away from it:

Sure, the headline appears to be common sense. It's a brief article, but it suggests the impact is broader than parents using harsh language. It suggests that anyone engaging in harsh, harmful language is damaging. Based on my experience, this extends beyond teenagers and classrooms. This extends into the workplace. 

When it comes to security, It's dangerous to believe that we're somehow parents, responsible for those around us. That our role is that of protector, of the teacher, or whatever position of authority we happily adopt. That isn't our job. 

Read the blogs. Sit in the training. Watch the meetings and see the same trends emerge in security. It doesn't work for teens, and it doesn't work for adults, either.

How did these resonate with you?

Selecting an article isn't necessarily an endorsement. The purpose is to purposefully cross-pollinate ideas, offer out ideas for consideration, and stimulate some conversation.

Take a few minutes to read, reflect, and advance. Engage with me by commenting below, on twitter, or by email. Or discuss with your team and colleagues.

Have some outside thinking that others would benefit from? Send it to me -- and tell me what you took away from it.

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