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!