Did you know there’s far too much in common with yo-yo weight loss programs and your run-of-the-mill security program?
Here’s the deal:
Published psychology research points out that fad diets – you know, the ones that say you’re going to lose 21 pounds in 10 days or something like that – and *especially* repeated bouts of this kind of diet actually end up making someone gain up to 167% of the weight they initially wanted to lose in the first place!
That’s right, you can get fatter by dieting.
Well, there’s psychology to support that as well.
Fad diets originated thanks to our Western cultural obsession with unrealistic standards of beauty. Everyone wants to emulate what they consider beautiful, e.g., they want the results other people have.
The kicker is that they don’t know how they were actually able to achieve them—especially if people mistake correlation (what other, potentially unrelated things were happening) with causation (what actually caused the change, regardless of anything else).
People get addicted to fad diets, because they’re generally a recipe: if I do X, I’ll get Y result.
And they do. For a while.
And then the Thomas Edison quote about opportunity dressed in overalls kicks in, and whatever they’re doing is either a) unsustainable in the first place or b) gets filed in the “too much work” category.
So, think very seriously for a moment if your current approach to building your security program isn’t actually making you fat.
Are you getting sustainable change from the latest vendor bauble you bought?
Once the newness wears off, is maintaining the tech or managing the volume of information it produces creating more problems than it solves?
Are you being strategic about working within the scope of what the business needs – even if it’s not new and sexy – or are you forever chasing shiny objects and your security strategy reads like someone taped together the executive summaries of the last 10 issues of some Analyst report?
Building an effective security program takes sustained commitment and oversight. It most certainly “is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
Success requires recognizing and pursuing the right opportunity, and Thomas Edison was right. That *IS* what opportunity looks like.
If you’re tired of security fads, vendor hype and a bloated, redundant control set, how about trying something completely different.
Here’s what our overalls look like: http://archistry.com/go/SecurityLeader
Are you ready to put on yours?
Andrew S. Townley
Archistry Chief Executive