Technology does not cause unemployment, the talent paradox, and testing the viability of ideas – Curated Catalyst for October 5 – Security Catalyst

Technology does not cause unemployment, the talent paradox, and testing the viability of ideas – Curated Catalyst for October 5

A few months ago I revived the Curated Catalyst and shared articles and insights at the Translating Security Value blog. As I continue to find my voice and focus at that blog, I’ve opted to move the Curated Catalyst back to Security Catalyst.

My current aim is to post the update on weekends with three selected articles from outside of security. I’ll focus on the topics of effective communication, innovation, value, measurement, leadership, and how to prioritize & justify efforts.

Sometimes I’ll share other ideas and articles that push the bounds of our thinking. This is a work in progress. Conversation and feedback is encouraged.

Three selected articles

Here are three articles selected to stimulate some thinking — and discussion — on how we might draw on other fields to improve our approach to the practice of security, our careers, and the way we interact with others.

Don’t Blame Technology for Persistent Unemployment

The common concern about technology and automation is that it means less jobs. The counterintuitive result is that automation and improved technology often lead to an increase in jobs.

Technology and innovation bring an interesting consequence: the lower the cost of production. That creates the ability to serve more people. In turn, that creates the need for more skilled workers (and they are supported by the increased revenue from the expansion).

This is precisely what we need in the security industry. It’s time to innovate and use the technology we have to solve the problems, extend the reach, and create new, profitable opportunities that increase business value.


As the economy recovers, people are considering their job options. Told to do more with less for the last few years is taking a toll on many. Folks are stretching out and exploring options.

Here’s the thing: when they leave, what knowledge, insights, and experience are they taking with them? The so-called “brain drain,” is likely to put a lot of companies at risk.

Risk? Security?

This article outlines three essential steps to identify and prepare the leaders of tomorrow. Broader, I like the idea of developing the leadership capability. For many, it means that not only will they stay, but they’ll improve by staying.

How are you handling the coming exodus and brain-drain?

5 essential questions to test the viability of an idea

It often feels like we need more innovation. Sometimes, it feel like maybe we have too much. The question I always ask is simple: “What’s the problem we’re trying to solve?”

This brief article lists out five specific questions to ask when considering different ideas and innovations. I find these valuable for security.

What would happen if you asked these questions on a regular basis?

From idea to action

Take a few minutes to read, reflect, and advance. Engage with me by commenting below, on twitter, or by email. Or discuss with your team and colleagues.

I find success by picking one idea and testing it. Consider which of the above resonated the most with you.

How will you implement the idea in the coming week?

Summary of Published Articles

Here are some of the recent articles published. I’ve included a few popular articles, too.

Translating Security Value

How to take advantage of the Adobe breach to advance the conversation about security in your organization

Change the approach to explaining and responding to security breaches to engage in productive conversations about security at an individual, organizational, and industry level

Why you need a tactical pause to build a successful security program

Leaders with successful programs make time to press pause long enough to ensure efforts are aligned with priorities. Make changes now to end the year strong.

Five thoughts on the future of online privacy and security as discussed on Twitter

Engaging with others publicly proved an opportunity to share, learn, and think about the future of security and privacy 

Share your knowledge to be more successful in security

When faced with the decision to share or hold knowledge about security, successful professionals learn to teach what they know.

Want to be successful in security? Embrace your role in sales

We’re all in sales now. Always have, whether we realized it or not. Its time to reconsider the role of selling and how to get better at it to be successful.

Security Catalyst

3 Reasons to reconnect with and embrace your “why”

Getting over the fear of measuring what matters

Include these 3 essential elements to measure what matters


Where to find and engage with me

Places I’m traveling, speaking, or ways to engage with me online

Boston – Week of October 14th

October 15: Keynote – Communicating the Value Imperative of Security | Evanta CISO Summit

October 16: Keynote – Communicating the Value Imperative of Security | Evanta CIO Summit

I’m working this week to customize each keynote for the event. If you’re in Boston and going to be at either, make sure to say hello, get a signed copy of Into the Breach.

About the Curated Catalyst

Three articles curated to provoke thinking, create conversation, and purposefully cross-pollinate diverse solutions in the field of information security.

Selecting an article isn’t necessarily an endorsement. The purpose is to purposefully cross-pollinate ideas, offer out ideas for consideration, and stimulate some conversation.

Have some outside thinking that others would benefit from? Send it to me — and tell me what you took away from it.

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Michael Santarcangelo

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