My 2014 New Year’s Resolutions

It’s early January 2014 as I write this so I suppose I, like newscasters, other bloggers and pundits, need to say something about New Year’s Resolutions. I tend not to make personal ones, but professionally – and specifically in the area of security – I’ll make a few.

First, I plan to read more about security and the underlying technologies. I do a lot of that already, of course. I did find much to my dismay that a good friend had sent a bunch of articles last year that had been pressed between unread magazines and thus also went unread. I want to catch up on both those articles and the magazines. I need to: there’s a lot to learn. I’m a strong proponent of lifelong learning, and I know I’ll grow personally and professionally if I do more of it.

Second, I resolve to be less middle-of-the-road on issues that might have a political impact. I’ve tried to be very neutral over the last decade and a half or so that I’ve been in this business, but I don’t think that’s what’s needed now. I think I need to be more forceful, even if some folks get a bit upset at my views. Watch this space for more pointed comments.

Third and finally, I want to help make people more aware of the issues. Yes, I try to do that in this blog, but I need to do it on a larger scope. Security is a “big deal” now more than ever before so I believe it’s time for security pros to make more people aware of the dangers and countermeasures. We need to start early, too, so high school and college students are aware of the issues.

What about you? Do you have any resolutions for personal data security or for cybersecurity at work? Do others at your organization know the issues? Are they all doing their best to protect the organization’s assets?

If you or others need some computer security education, consider Learning Tree Course 468 where we talk about the fundamentals of cybersecurity. Or perhaps you need something more advanced. Learning Tree has other Cybersecurity Courses as well. You can take the courses at one of their education centers or online via Learning Tree AnyWare. Or you can arrange for a course just for your organization either at your facility, online, or at a Learning Tree education center. There are lots of options available to fit most needs.

One aspect of Learning Tree courses that I really enjoy (and this is not “sales speak,” I’m being completely honest here) is the sharing among participants. There is a genuinely open atmosphere for sharing and asking questions. I don’t know all the answers to all the questions about security, but I often find that when I don’t know the answer to someone’s question in a class, someone else there does. I love that! We all learn something and we’re all better for it.

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