Santarcangelo on the Value Imperative Mindset in Security • Interview on Tripwire.com

During the second part of our interview, Anthony M. Freed managed to get me to share some insights from my work on the role of the Value Imperative in security.

From the interview:

To accomplish this translation effectively, security professionals need to understand what it is that is most important to the organization, and then be able to prioritize actions based on risk factors and potential impact to the business.

Santarcangelo said this can be accomplished by adopting the Value Imperative Mindset, a strategy comprised of five factors that work to build business value and assess projects and programs objectively to determine how they contribute to building business value.

“It’s a move away from counting hours, tasks, and deliverables and towards always building business value. For most people, this is a radical but liberating shift in the way we approach our work,” Santarcangelo said.

Read the interview here: http://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/it-security-data-protection/connecting-security-to-the-business/michael-santarcangelo-on-the-value-imperative-mindset-in-security/

This was an exciting interview. I look forward to sharing my work. It’s coming soon!

Connecting our work in security to the business, to others, by demonstrating value is the true imperative. My role is to help ensure that we not only master the imperative, but effectively communicate the value of security in the process. Together, they form the basis to change behaviors.

Share with colleagues and let me know what you think!

The best is yet to come!

Into the Breach – Audio Series – Chapter 12 (Final Thoughts: Courage to Act)

Welcome to the continuation of the Into the Breach: Protect Your Business by Managing People, Information and Risk audio series.

This series is the full and unabridged audio version of Into the Breach, written by Michael Santarcangelo and read by the author.

In this episode (Chapter 12)

This chapter addresses the challenge of leading and influencing change by focusing on first changing yourself. The concepts introduced and explained in Into the Breach – the Strategy to Protect Information, The Catalyst Method™ (recently updated) and others – produce rapid and lasting results for those who embrace them and implement them in their organizations.

Michael shares two basic analogies to consider while summoning the courage to break from tradition and take action: the process of building a flywheel and reconsidering Newton in a new light.

Into the Breach provides a wealth of ideas and information. The Awareness that Works™ system is the implementation of the guide from the book – and more. Contact Michael today to learn more and explore the guaranteed results.

Into the Breach – Audio Series – Chapter 9 (Extending the Conversation: Rewards Beyond Protecting Information)

Welcome to the continuation of the Into the Breach: Protect Your Business by Managing People, Information and Risk audio series. (Click this link) to learn more about this how this book solves today’s challenges and pick up a complete copy.

This series, underwritten by Configuresoft, now part of EMC, is the full and unabridged audio version of Into the Breach, written by Michael Santarcangelo and read by the author.

What you’ll find in this episode (Chapter 9)

Writing this book and testing these methods revealed a surprise: people who are engaged – connected more closely to the consequences of their actions – do more than protect information.

This chapter explores additional benefits from the improved communication and insights that come from following the strategies and elements shared in Into the Breach, including:

  • Quickly align business and technology organizations (true alignment, not lip service)
  • Harnessing the power of people to uncover new revenue opportunities
  • Leveraging and engaging individuals in the act of reducing waste while doing more with less

You want more, so after listening…

After listening to this segment of Into the Breach, keep the energy going and support the shift in thinking and inspire behavior change by

  1. Engaging (not following) Michael on twitter (http://twitter.com/catalyst)
  2. Subscribing to The Security Catalyst podcast & blog to get more insights
  3. 3. Checking out Awareness that Works™ – a new program from Michael Santarcangelo to guide smart investment in people, with guaranteed results (this program pays for itself).

Giving back: The Catalyst Career Compass Program

What started as a way to help friends improve their security careers has started to turn into a full-fledged program called the Catalyst Career Compassâ„¢.

Over the last few years, I’ve slowly worked through the elements to help friends – and each time I promise to make the approach public. Last weekend, I was called on my promise (thankfully) and decided to open it up. In the meantime, we have colleagues who need a boost – they need to build, calibrate and follow their career compasses.

This is a new program – so I am open to a small group of people running through the elements for their own benefits, and to help shape the elements that will be incorporated into the community. In fact, I’d like to figure out how to train others on the approach and work as a community to help each other out.

So it starts now.

And we’ll start small.

For now, no charge (money) to partcipate — but there is a cost. If you are interested, send me an email (securitycatalyst/gmail) or engage me on twitter (http://twitter.com/catalyst) and let’s discuss. We have to keep the initial run small, and we need people who are willing to participate fully and work through the entire system.

More details below:

Career Compass Overview

Whether you are currently a Security Professional or want to become one, this highly flexible program will help you set and meet your professional ambitions while serving lifestyle goals.

Set your Career Compass:

  • To prepare for a raise
  • To receive a promotion
  • For career development
  • If you are ready to move into the security field
  • To find a new position (within your current company or outside it)

Determine your path and venture forth.

Setting Your Career Compass is a multi-faceted program to help you refine your career objectives and realize them.

It is a three-step process.

1.            You will first think about and answer a series of questions about yourself, your ideal working environments and your future. We help you align your answers – the ‘who you are’ – with what you have done and where you would like to go.

2.            Then we prepare you to effectively communicate your value to the right audience. With guidance you will build a personal brand in the form of a resume, bio, cover letter and whatever else is needed for you to reach your goals.

3.            With all the background work complete, we will help you follow the compass you built.

We do not judge.

Everyone thrives in different situations and has different desires in life. Our passion is to help you find the unique value you bring to an organization and position yourself for success.

Why the Compass approach works.

We guide you through a process that helps you explore your strengths, values and goals. As a result, you will understand yourself better than simply listening to someone tell you what they think, based on a questionnaire.

You will be self-aware.

You will have the clarity required to communicate your value effectively. After guiding you through this exploratory process, your Career Compass helps you position and differentiate yourself from others in a strong finished package – written and oral.

The program will help you craft a resume that is simple, powerful and designed to attract the attention of the “right” people. It will help you market yourself better and guide you to greater success.

How much time does this take?

Like most things in life, the more you invest into this program, the more you will get out of it. It is recommended that you budget 3-5 hours to complete step one, 3-5 hours for step two and 3-5 hours to begin step three.

Step three is ongoing but 3-5 hours gets people where they need to be. Some will breeze through the process. Others will need more time. There is no right answer, but the time you invest in yourself will pay off down the road.

Into the Breach – Audio Series – Chapter 7 (Putting the Strategy to Work: A Pilot)

Welcome to the continuation of the Into the Breach: Protect Your Business by Managing People, Information and Risk audio series. (Click this link) to learn more about this how this book solves today’s challenges and pick up a complete copy. This series, underwritten by Configuresoft, now part of EMC, is the full and unabridged audio version of Into the Breach, written by Michael Santarcangelo and read by the author. Join us for a new chapter released on the first Tuesday of each month (there are 13 chapters total).

What you’ll find in this episode (Chapter 7)

The strategy has been revealed. The fundamentals of what is now The Catalyst Method have been shared (note: if you want the update on The Catalyst Method, contact us to learn more).

So how do you implement in a way that gets results?

In this chapter, “Putting the Strategy to Work: A Pilot,” Michael explains the basic approach – with key insights – to engaging people in the process of protecting information. Learn how to select the pilot approach that works best, build the team and plan a strategy that drives tactical and strategic success.

There is no “one-size-fits all” approach, and this chapter lays out how to make the right decisions the first time. Get a jumpstart on success with this chapter.

Put the power of Into the Breach to work for you…

After listening to this segment of Into the Breach, keep the energy going and support the shift in thinking and inspire behavior change by

  1. Engage with Michael on twitter (http://twitter.com/catalyst)
  2. Subscribe to The Security Catalyst podcast & blog to get more insights; ask a question and get an answer!
  3. Check out Awareness that Works™ – Michael Santarcangelo’s program to guide smart investment in people, with guaranteed results (this program pays for itself).

Into the Breach – Audio Series – Chapter 6 (Implementing The Strategy to Protect Information)

Welcome to the continuation of the Into the Breach: Protect Your Business by Managing People, Information and Risk audio series. (Click this link) to learn more about this how this book solves today’s challenges and pick up a complete copy. This series, underwritten by Configuresoft, now part of EMC, is the full and unabridged audio version of Into the Breach, written by Michael Santarcangelo and read by the author. Join us for a new chapter released on the first Tuesday of each month (there are 13 chapters total).

What you’ll find in this episode (Chapter 6)

Chapter Six is where Michael explains how to customize and implement the Strategy to Protect Information. The information he shares is designed for immediate results by harnessing the power of people. By asking the right questions — in the right way — people are connected to the consequences of their actions and share information about known and unknown risks about the information they use every day.

The elements of this chapter are the building blocks to what is now called The Catalyst Methodâ„¢ — what Michael teaches, guides and uses to help organizations get results that improve awareness assessments and help deliver Awareness that Worksâ„¢.

Put the power of Into the Breach to work for you…

After listening to this segment of Into the Breach, keep the energy going and support the shift in thinking and inspire behavior change by

  1. Engage with Michael on twitter (http://twitter.com/catalyst)
  2. Subscribe to The Security Catalyst podcast & blog to get more insights; ask a question and get an answer!
  3. Check out Awareness that Works™ – Michael Santarcangelo’s program to guide smart investment in people, with guaranteed results (this program pays for itself).

    Into the Breach – Audio Series – Chapter 5 (The Strategy to Protect Information)

    Welcome to the continuation of the Into the Breach: Protect Your Business by Managing People, Information and Risk audio series. (Click this link) to learn more about this how this book solves today’s challenges and pick up a complete copy.

    This series, underwritten by Configuresoft, now part of EMC, is the full and unabridged audio version of Into the Breach, written by Michael Santarcangelo and read by the author. Join us for a new chapter released on the first Tuesday of each month (there are 13 chapters total).

    What you’ll find in episode 6, Into the Breach: Chapter 5 (The Strategy to Protect Information)

    Chapter 5 is the introduction to Part II of Into the Breach — where the focus shifts to looking at what needs to be done. I outline a powerful, yet simple, approach dubbed “The Strategy to Protect Information.”

    Key is the focus on information, not data, and the three steps that any organization must follow in order to be effective. The balance of Part II explains how – but just learning and understanding the three part strategy is transformative.

    After listening to this chapter, you will know the strategy and be able to apply it to your current challenge — small and tactical or larger and organizational.

    Put the power of Into the Breach to work for you…

    After listening to this segment of Into the Breach, keep the energy going and support the shift in thinking and inspire behavior change by

    1. Engage with Michael on twitter (http://twitter.com/catalyst)
    2. Subscribe to The Security Catalyst podcast & blog to get more insights; ask a question and get an answer!
    3. Check out Awareness that Works™ – Michael Santarcangelo’s program to guide smart investment in people, with guaranteed results (this program pays for itself).

    Into the Breach – Audio Book Chapter – 3 “Breaking the Security Diet”

    Welcome to the continuation of the Into the Breach: Protect Your Business by Managing People, Information and Risk audio series. (Click this link) to learn more about this how this book solves today’s challenges and pick up a complete copy. This series, underwritten by Configuresoft, now part of EMC, is the full and unabridged audio version of Into the Breach, written by Michael Santarcangelo and read by the author. Join us for a new chapter released on the first Tuesday of each month (there are 13 chapters total).

    In chapter 3 : Breaking the Security Diet

    Breaking the security diet is recognition that what happens in organizations today is more akin to a crash diet than a healthy approach to securing information. In this chapter, Michael reveals the high cost of this “fad diet” approach and shines a light on the new fad diet: encryption. However, there is a solution, and Michael explains how to break the fad diet, improve leadership and engage individuals. A pivotal chapter in the book, designed to create a fundamental change in the way organizations and individuals protect information.

    Put the power of Into the Breach to work for you

    After listening to this segment of Into the Breach, keep the energy going and support the shift in thinking and inspire behavior change by

    1. Engage with Michael on twitter (http://twitter.com/catalyst)
    2. Subscribe to The Security Catalyst podcast & blog to get more insights; ask a question and get an answer!

    Into the Breach – Audio Series – Chapter 2 (People Just Want to Do Their Jobs)

    Welcome to the audio series of Into the Breach: Protect Your Business by Managing People, Information and Risk (click this link to learn more about this book and pick up a complete copy – to get started on your personal journey). This series, underwritten by Configuresoft, now part of EMC, is the full and unabridged audio version of Into the Breach, written by Michael Santarcangelo and read by the author. Join us for a new chapter released on the first Tuesday of each month (there are 13 chapters total).

    What you’ll find in this episode (Chapter 2: People Just Want to do their Jobs)

    Chapter 2 reframes the challenge with powerful insights about the way people “just want to do their jobs.” Michael introduces what he calls the two principles  – a powerful concept about how people do their jobs, and an eye-opener that leads to improved interactions. The corollary to these principles is also explored, along with guidance on what to do about it. With a focus on individuals, Michael explains, “Compliance is not a video game” and reveals that a common approach of “exclusion” is creating more harm than good. The chapter wraps up with a discussion of “the human response to pain” – with a common example played out in organizations everywhere.

    Put the power of Into the Breach to work for you…

    After listening to this segment of Into the Breach, keep the energy going and support the shift in thinking and inspire behavior change by

    1. Engage with Michael on twitter (http://twitter.com/catalyst)
    2. Subscribe to The Security Catalyst podcast & blog to get more insights; ask a question and get an answer!
    3. Check out Awareness that Works™ – Michael Santarcangelo’s program to guide smart investment in people, with guaranteed results (this program pays for itself).