Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Security In Perspective

Welcome to my new blog -- yes, yet another blog about security. You may be asking yourself, who the heck is this guy, and is he really that audacious that he thinks we need another mono-blog about information security and that he actually does have something of interest to add to topic? Well, my answer to that is obviously a yes, as I've taken the effort to stake a claim on this tiny part of the web to express my own ideas, criticisms and possibly innovations in information technology and in particular security issues that are impacting us all.

So who am I? Well, I am an Information Security Professional who has worked in various large Enterprise and Consulting roles through my many years of experience. I guess you could say that I have been around the block a bit. I have many times considered getting more vocal about my observations and perspectives on security, but until recently, I just didn't have the inclination to do so. With some recent issue disclosures, it has become painfully clear that even the smallest subtle oversight can quickly become an issue that affects large populations of people (more on this later). I believe that like it or not, information security impacts all of us in this data-centric age, and we all should raise our awareness to the risks.

Information Security is a mindset, it is more about a way of thinking, than it is about the concept of making things safe and secure. I like to think that I am good at what I do because I creatively think about the ways that things can go wrong, be broken or bypassed. In many ways, I consider myself an inventor, and in regard to security I like to invent new ways to break things.

Through this blog I hope to share with you just how things break, and in the end hopefully I can convey the security mindset that I feel everyone must try to gain some insight into if we are to survive in this wild and crazy information based world we have built for ourselves and our children.

Hopefully I can, in my own small way, put security in perspective for my readers.

Thanks for reading...