New talk – The Solution vs The Silver Bullet

New talk – The Solution vs The Silver Bullet

I have developed a new presentation that I gave for the first time yesterday at the Texas Technology Summit in Houston. The title and synopsis are below.

Title: The Solution vs The Silver Bullet (or InfoSec Industry != InfoSec Practice)

Synopsis: The information security industry and information security practice are two concepts that should not be confused. The industry is for making money. The practice is for securing your organization. While the two certainly overlap on a Venn Diagram, there are large areas where never the two shall meet. The infosec practitioner needs to know how to discern where the practice stops and the industry starts. Otherwise, the Silver Bullet mentality will take over, and the practice becomes unmanageable. Join Michael on this talk to discover how to start down the path of discernment. Michael will give practical ideas on dodging the Silver Bullet cycle or getting out of it if you are there already.

The Texas Technology Summit is more of a general IT show with a good amount of security focus. I picked that venue for this talk because I wanted to test the talk first on that kind of general crowd. I wanted to see if it resonated with folks who might have security as a part of their job, but not be solely focused on security. Turns out that it did. I had great feedback that addressing security as a complex system rather than a checklist helped them with their approach to building a security program. I also talked about determining your organization’s current and desired security maturity levels, and using that data to help make decisions. That was also very well received.

I did have a couple of people at the show who are straight security professionals who I know and respect. They were very positive about the talk as well. So now I am going to try it on a security-focused crowd at NAISG DFW next week. We’ll see how it goes there. I may do a bit of tweaking between now and then, but overall I am happy with the talk. I’ll post a recording if I get one while I am there.

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