Archive for March, 2014


Prevention is Ideal but Detection is a MUST

I was just talking to a client who has over ¾ of a million devices in their network. That is over 750,000 devices. Do you want to bet that there are always at least a few that are compromised? I also spoke to a CISO of a very large organization who has multiple CSOs reporting […]

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Attract Women like a Rock Star (Made Easy)

There is a perception that Rock Stars, who are primarily male, have a plethora of women. This is fundamentally true. Now to help out the way more than 50% geek male readers (I know there are also quite a few ladies here, as well as non-geeks): Why do women love rock stars and how can […]

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That “Personal Branding” thing

A brand is a promise It is the position something holds in your mind. It is what prevents something from being a commodity. An example is Starbucks. When I think of Starbucks, I think of a strong, although over roasted to my taste, cup of coffee and a comfortable place to sit (with all the […]

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The Manhattan

The Manhattan is a classic cocktail, that unlike many, never faded away. I use to enjoy one every decade or so, but now it has become one of my standards. Allegedly the Manhattan was invented by Dr. Iain Marshall in the early 1870s at the Manhattan Club in New York City, and named after the […]

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This Vision Thing – Whattaya Wanta Become

While a (personal) mission statement is your why, a vision statement is a where, as in where are you going long term, where do you want to end up. It really is worth spending some time thinking about what your mission is. Similarly, your vision is critical. Click here to jump straight to the action […]

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(Personal) Mission Statements: Step Zero Point Five

Companies spend millions of dollars coming up with mission statements: often they suck. Stephen R. Covey came up with the idea of having a person mission statement in The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People in 1989. Personal Mission Statements, which may also be called purpose statements or similar, are common today, a quarter century […]

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Become a Rock Star: Step Zero

Of course step zero is the first step since most of us are geeks, post geeks, or sometimes neo geeks. Whatever this may mean, many of us like to start counting at “zero.” Decide You rarely become a Rock Star by accident. You love this stuff. You are here for the long haul. You want […]

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Three Rock Star Assumptions

I’m making three assumptions here about you, gentle reader: Security is more than just a job to you You actually like what you do. No, not every single part of work, but you rather like working in security, you like it a lot. A lot a lot a lot. Maybe you got into this field […]

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Great Ideas Suck, Part II, The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

In Part I, I wrote about how there are so many great ideas out there, that they are common and hence pretty worthless. What is not common is a great idea that is actually implemented. In other words, getting off your butt and doing something, bringing that idea to fruition, implementing it, “shipping” it as […]

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Great Ideas Suck, Part I

As a Rock Star, you need new ideas. Can you think of any Rock Stars that only play covers? The thing is, there are lots of great ideas. They are common. I come up with enough great ideas in a year to last a lifetime, and great ideas are generally useless. “Ideas are a dime […]

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Sex and Drugs

 “Sex and drugs and rock and roll. Are very good indeed”- Ian Dury and The Blockheads (See Ian Dury’s video at the bottom of this post). Look, I get soooo many questions on sex and drugs, simply because they seem to go with Rock and Roll. How could Ian Dury and The Blockheads ever be […]

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Success: What’s it mean to you?

A Rock Star by definition is successful. If you are not successful, you are no Rock Star! But what is success? It is clear that the definition of success varies by individual, and successful for me might be miserable for you, and vice versa. The definition of success varies by individual. Maybe you go to […]

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So You Want To Be A Consultant?

I get a lot of questions about becoming a consultant. I’ve been a consultant for close to 25 years, so I should know something about it. In reality, not so much, but I can share what I know and recommend an awesome resource or two. Consulting seems like a Rock Star life at first. I […]

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