Friday, March 21, 2008

Inside the Twisted Mind of a Security Professional

Read the article and what do you think? Are we hardwired differently than most of the people we work with and for? Can you teach security mindset? And just how twisted is your mind? (I certainly seem to fit the profile.)


Anonymous Kevin Toomer said...

I don't think it is a matter of being hardwired. Its just a way of looking at the world that can be learned like any other. Its a matter of replacing old mental habits with new ones. The problem of course is that most people are quite happy with their mental habits as they are. They don't want their nice comfortable views messed with.

If you want to teach someone a security mindset you need to teach them how to think like a criminal (feel free to substitute a generic bad guy appropriate to your local context) first.

Am I twisted? Sure.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Paul C said...

People are certainly wired up differently, but I think the most relevant point here is that most of our staff are fixers by nature. They're employed specifically to go in and fix problems, and expecting them to change that orientation is probably unreasonable. However we can make sure that they are exposed to the security mindset, and that they operate in an environment defined by the security mindset.

My mind is getting slowly more twisted every day, but not in a good way.

2:22 AM  

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