Winning Systems & Security Practitioners 4. Robustness

1200 words, 5 minutes. Robustness “The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue.” - Napoleon Bonaparte. This is part 4 of 6 in a short series of posts on winning systems for Information Security practitioners. It aims to plug the gap between policy and products and put you, the practitioner, back in the driving seat. After all if you don’t know what system you’re implementing, how can you decide what products or features are important to you? »

Winning Systems & Security Practitioners 3. Responsiveness

1100 words, 4 1⁄2 minutes. Responsiveness “No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy” - Helmuth von Moltke. This is part 3 of 6 in a short series of posts on winning systems for Information Security practitioners. It aims to plug the gap between policy and products and put you, the practitioner, back in the driving seat. After all if you don’t know what system you’re implementing, how can you possibly decide what products or features are important to you? »

Winning Systems & Security Practitioners 2. Preparation

1100 words, 4 1⁄2 minutes. Preparation “One of the best ways to keep peace is to be prepared for war” - Plato & others. Today attacks come thick and fast. The chances are that all public IPv4 address space is regularly scanned. Time-to-compromise of an unpatched, non-firewalled, Microsoft Windows host is about 5 minutes. Systems are attacked not because they are valuable, but because they are vulnerable. Even an old cable-modem is a useful addition to a botnet. »

Winning Systems & Security Practitioners 1. Introduction

1100 words, 4 1⁄2 minutes. Introduction “Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.” - George S. Patton If you’ve read my previous post you’ll know that to get beneficial, long lasting, low-maintenance results in Information Security, you need winning systems. Not skills. If you like grinding monotony punctuated by periods of extreme stress and being able to tell people how busy you constantly are, you can safely return to your to-do list. »