The father of modern security: B. F. Skinner

A lot of what we call security is voodoo. Most of it actually. What I mean with that statement is our security process is often based on ideas that don’t really work. As an industry we have built up a lot of ideas and processes that aren’t actually grounded in facts and science. We don’tContinue reading “The father of modern security: B. F. Skinner”

Security ROI isn’t impossible, we suck at measuring

As of late I’ve been seeing a lot of grumbling that security return on investment (ROI) is impossible. This is of course nonsense. Understanding your ROI is one of the most important things you can do as a business leader. You have to understand if what you’re doing makes sense. By the very nature ofContinue reading “Security ROI isn’t impossible, we suck at measuring”

Helicopter security

After my last post about security spending, I was thinking about how most security teams integrate into the overall business (hint: they don’t). As part of this thought experiment I decided to compare traditional security to something that in modern times has come to be called helicopter parenting. A helicopter parent is someone who won’tContinue reading “Helicopter security”

Spend until you’re secure

I was watching a few Twitter conversations about purchasing security last week and had yet another conversation about security ROI. This has me thinking about what we spend money on. In many industries we can spend our way out of problems, not all problems, but a lot of problems. With security if I gave youContinue reading “Spend until you’re secure”

But that’s not my job!

This week I’ve been thinking about how security people and non security people interact. Various conversations I have often end up with someone suggesting everyone needs some sort of security responsibility. My suspicion is this will never work. First some background to think about. In any organization there are certain responsibilities everyone has. Without usingContinue reading “But that’s not my job!”

Security and privacy are the same thing

Earlier today I ran across this post on Reddit Security but not Privacy (Am I doing this right?) The poster basically said “I care about security but not privacy”. It got me thinking about security and privacy. There’s not really a difference between the two. They are two faces of the same coin but whyContinue reading “Security and privacy are the same thing”