I am a believer in the power of “media 2.0” (or whatever name you happen to like calling it). I really enjoyed reading All Software Should Be Social – it really hit home with me in terms of thinking about how to create a more personal approach to really anything. This quote really made sense to me:

Since reading that, I can barely use software that doesn’t have other people in it. I want profiles and faces and connections. I want to see what others are doing with the software. I want to connect and be connected.

I believe we need to take a similar approach with respect to how we protect information (practice security). When we call it “security”, it feels sterile, cold and heavily focused on technology. As a result, I think we have ironically made it easier for others to simply declare security “not their problem” and move along. They wait for someone else to help – without the need of having to take personal responsibility.

So I ponder – what if we leveraged the power of social media, media 2.0, web 2.0, or whatever you like to call it – and focus on the success. Rather than focusing on the specific technologies (RoR, ajax, etc.), what if we focused on design, ease-of-use and the ability to connect our concepts to people in a way they understand. What if we did this in a way that makes the protection of information personal again? I bet we start to see less breaches, people happier and we make a difference.

This is why the initial framework I proposed was called “security 2.0” – but it’s getting a new name and I’m about to announce a project to involve others in defining what the future of our practice of security looks like. I’m really excited about the future of what we do – and am working on some plans to help make this easier for us to be successful!

About the Author Michael Santarcangelo

The founder of Security Catalyst, Michael develops exceptional leaders and powerful communicators with the security mindset for success.

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