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If Life is Like a Box of Chocolates, What is Security Like?

by John Pescatore  |  October 5, 2008  |  2 Comments

Who doesn’t wish they were as smart as Warren Buffet? I just read a review of a Buffett biography that is coming out and I’m going to steal one of his sayings to adapt to the information security world:

Security is like a snowball. The important thing is finding wet snow and a really long hill.

Very few of us will ever really have the opportunity to start with a blank slate. What we can achieve in security is really about what we can add over time and what we can make stick. To make it stick, you need to choose the right ingredients and the right hill – and keep pushing. Oh, and pushing is a lot easier if you can find that downhill path.

This might just sound like “defense in depth” again but I think it is really different.  So much that is touted in the name of defense in depth does not stick – it is the equivalent of dry snow.

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John Pescatore
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11 years at Gartner
32 years IT industry

John Pescatore is a vice president and research fellow in Gartner Research. Mr. Pescatore has 32 years of experience in computer, network and information security. Prior to joining Gartner, Mr. Pescatore was senior consultant for Entrust Technologies and Trusted Information Systems… Read Full Bio


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