As you know, I’ve been talking a lot about the upcoming cohort of a hybrid online/live learning experience called Building Effective Security Architectures (BESA) that helps you build or enhance your security architecture skills. And over the last while, I’ve gotten some questions about whether it’s going to be of value to particular people in particular situations.
Now, as I always do, I have to preface any answer to that kind of question with: it depends.
If you don’t take it seriously. If you don’t do the work. If you expect security architecture to be something you can dial in while sipping cocktails by the beach…
…then no, it won’t be of any value to you whatsoever.
If you’re of the mind that “security architecture” starts and stops at firewalls, endpoint protection deployment coverage and the architecture of your physical infrastructure itself, then I can say with all honesty, there’s no point in even trying to think about signing up, because you’re going to drop out after the first week of the Foundations module.
If you believe that learning to understand your customers – and that a working knowledge of the business and financial aspects of the organization you’re trying to protect – is 1,000,000 miles away from the cool, red-team, hard-core hacking exercises and reverse engineering you’d rather be doing, then nope. No value.
Again, don’t bother. Not only will you be wasting your own time, you’ll be letting down the other members of the cohort who are depending on you to actually give them meaningful input and feedback on their work…
…just as you should be expecting them to take the time to give you the same courtesy.
Now, if none of the above describes you,
…and you’re committed to learning something new
…and you’re prepared to do the work
…and you’re willing to be open to feedback, input, guidance and constructive criticism…
…from both the other members of the cohort, and from me—either as part of the weekly live Q&A calls or on the dedicated Slack workspace for the cohort…
…then you have a pretty good chance of getting some real value out of the course, learning some new security architecture techniques, developing deeper, practical experience using SABSA, gaining a new view of your organization,
And you might just end up doing a better job of supporting and enabling the organization you’ve been hired to protect.
But the biggest, most obvious and easiest way to make sure BESA will fail to make you a better security architect…
…is not actually joining the cohort starting on the 24th of February.
And that’s probably the easiest one I can help you avoid first, and with the least amount of effort on both our parts. All you need to do is just go to the sales page armed with your credit card and register at this link right here:
Andrew S. Townley
Archistry Chief Executive