It has been a while since I've felt compelled to share a thought on Secure Value. My last post was a still relevant suggtion to test you web site's security that I wrote 15 months ago. Several things in my life and in the news have coverged to suggest that even if my voice might be a small one we need more voices talking about managing risk and securing our digital values.
This has been a tough winter no matter where you live. Two weeks ago amid another report of an incoming winter storm my wife went to our neighborhood Kroger to find the milk and many other staples gone. After surviving many storms through the winter it seems that people took this storm as one storm too many and panicked a bit in preparation. The milk cooler stood empty as we got just a dusting of snow and the kids spilled out the front door to get to school. Many times, businesses, too, make decisions about the information risks they face with emotion rather than with facts.
We make emotional decisions about our security instead of rational risk-based decisions.
Our business started 2014 on a fast track. To help us continue delivering quality service we have decided to add a couple staff members to our team including an intern. In interviewing many highly intelligent, technically gifted computer science students we discovered a trend. They are not being taught (or at least learning) information risk management basics in their curriculum.
We need to learn how to apply risk management principals to our technical and business projects regardless of where we are in our careers if we work with information.
Finally, this week my firm, Jacadis, picked up a new client name unimportant. They are a startup with a great idea, strong technical creativity that saw their service impacted by an interruption because security and resliency were not a part of their technical planning. Now back in service we have been hired to raise their secuirty awarness and give them a prioritzed actions to take to secure their busienss and establish some resliency.
Knowing this stuff matters. Making emotional decisions sometimes can be as funny as an empty milk cooler. But when our deicison making doesn't include facts about the risks we take it can impact people's lives and livelihood.
This stuff matters and rather than work with one client at a time I hope that restablishing my voice on these issues helps others trying to educate themselves about how to secure the value of their business.