Linus Torvalds, the UNIX Wars and history repeating itself

Linus Torvalds, the UNIX Wars and history repeating itself

Linus Torvalds, the creator and maintainer of the Linux Kernel, announced on a mailing list that he was taking time off to address behavioral issues that have caused negativity in the Linux community. This presented business risk and...

09/24/18

Why burnout happens in Information Security

Why burnout happens in Information Security

Burnout happens a lot in the information security field because we put the professionals responsible for it in positions where they are set up to fail. To fix this, we need to stop treating security as an option or hindrance, and let...

08/21/18

How kidney stones help us think better about implementing security

How kidney stones help us think better about implementing security

Sometimes in life we go through very disruptive experiences that make us think about how we can better prepare ourselves. Kidney stones, while small, have that effect. The experiences you have with these can make you think about how...

07/24/18

Rose-colored glasses and sepia-tinted memories

Rose-colored glasses and sepia-tinted memories

We view history through a rose-colored tint. People often leave out the historical context of events and why they occur. Understanding the evolution of systems and their context allows us to better comprehend past decisions and keep...

06/20/18

Cargo cults, certitude, the Byzantine Empire and avoiding the traps of the past

Cargo cults, certitude, the Byzantine Empire and avoiding the traps of the past

We can learn a lot from our history. Both fairly recent historic events such as World War II, and events from the middle ages such as the fall of Constantinople both show us how we react during times of crisis. We can apply lessons...

05/21/18

Negative motivation is not positive engagement

Negative motivation is not positive engagement

The barrage of fearmongering and FOMO over social media and advertising leads to a vicious cycle of negative engagement that builds anger and frustration that can’t be addressed by buying new products. We can break the cycle through...

04/20/18

The hardest part of mountaineering is descending from the summit

The hardest part of mountaineering is descending from the summit

Building an information security organization and effective security plan is like planning to climb a mountain. You need to plan for the ascent and descent, and the latter is much more involved and difficult than the former. You...

03/19/18

Statement of issue with the cybersecurity jobs gap

Statement of issue with the cybersecurity jobs gap

The current message on cybersecurity education and the jobs gap isn’t congruent with the needs of the industry. Integrating targeted and specific education as part of a risk management plan will do a better job of addressing those...

02/26/18

Security shows how innovative you are

Security shows how innovative you are

Security does not hinder innovation: it’s an indicator of how innovative you really are.

01/03/18

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