May 27

Heading home from Hershey Park (again)

During [these] periods of relaxation after concentrated intellectual activity, the intuitive mind seems to take over and can produce the sudden clarifying insights which give so much joy and delight.
Fritjof Capra, physicist

Again, I find myself packing the RV to return home. Again, I find myself calm, mentally focused and brimming full of ideas. I am convinced that the body and brain need time away in order to make sense of that which we experience. Seems that every time we are in the RV, I am afforded time to think, consider and analyze. As such, I’ll be sharing some of what I observed this weekend as it relates to how we practice information security and change the way people protect information.

In specific, I’ve been thinking about “compliance awareness” — the stuff most people do today in the name of awareness — and “true awareness” — the situations that shift thinking and lead to a behavior change.

In the meantime, I’ve started to look for some additional voices to share their ideas and insights; to act as catalysts to help us think differently about the way we act.

Today, I introduce to you Michael Starks. Michael is an Information Security Professional specializing in host-based security, IDS, log analysis and compliance. He believes in applying basic security principles to an ever-changing threat landscape, and is currently exploring the various ways in which human behavior affect the success of security programs. He is a founding member of the Rochester, NY chapter of ISSA and has served for both ISSA and OWASP. He currently holds the CISSP, GSNA and A+ certifications. In his spare time, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, and listening to early twentieth-century blues.

Hopefully we can convince him to share with us on a regular basis!


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