One of the kinda off-beat things I saw recently when I walked through the room the other day was a Netflix documentary on making nature documentaries and all the challenges the crews actually faced trying to get all those cool pictures of sharks, tigers and, well…
In this particular segment – which admittedly, I only caught a few minutes of, so I’m not quite sure about the context – the team had camped out in a cabin/shelter near the rocky shore of some kinda cold place with their film gear so they could capture some of the antics of walrus in love.
They’d all packed in the day before, and checked the location of the shelter. And there were a good number of walrus around the place, so they’d thought the footage would be something they could use. Having prepped for the next day, they tucked into their cozy down sleeping bags only to wake up the next morning to discover they were actually unable to open the damn door.
Well…it seems that a big, brusin’ male walrus looking for some lovin’ can weigh up to 1,700 kg (3,748 pounds). Now that’s a lotta walrus…
…especially when during the night, someone must’ve turned on the red, neon lights, and where there were a couple hundred the day before, there was literally nothing you could see but walrus bodies. They were not only wall-to-wall covering the beach, but they’d surrounded the cabin to the point that the film crew couldn’t get out of the cabin – not to mention move around – without being stopped by two metric tons of horny, tusked beasties.
So…you’re the security architect (or security leader), what do you do?
Do you just sit around, drinking coffee and waiting for the walrus to go away so you can get the shots you know you want?
You might do what they did, and climb out the windows so you could set up your cameras on the roof. At least you’re not wasting the opportunity, and you can showcase the awesome animal power of nature gathered en-masse for…well, whatever walrus do.
The key here is staying focused to the mission at hand and having the resourcefulness and a clear set of objectives so that even in the face of unexpected, blubbery bumps in the road, you’ll still manage a way to make forward progress.
Unfortunately, in the journey to building successful and effective security architectures, it’s easy to get too focused on the walrus and not stay focused on what you’re really trying to deliver—
The mission and purpose of the effective security team: to enable the business to deliver THIER mission as quickly and safely as possible.
If you’re not happy with the alignment, the agility…or simply the extent of the true architecture of your security program that you can demonstrate helps you deliver the mission and purpose above, then I’ve just the thing for you:
It’s our flagship, Building Effective Security Architectures learning experience. And the next cohort of up to 20 people is going to start on the 24th of February. Over the following 7 weeks, people in the cohort – fellow security architects struggling with the same challenges you face every day – are going to learn all you need to know to start using The Agile Security System™’s 7 principles, 14 practices and 3 Baseline Perspectives™ to start building SABSA security architectures…
…and do it in such a stealthy way that you won’t disturb even a frisky walrus trying to go bump in the night.
You can join the cohort right now using the following link: https://archistry.com/besa
…or you can wait, think about it, get distracted…and probably stay frustrated you’re not as productive, fast or efficient as you’d like to be…feeling like you’re drawing the same diagrams over and over again…and really not getting a chance to focus on those looming, hard-to tackle strategic problems you know are sitting there in the corner…
…like a walrus in the dark – occasionally flashing his tusks in the moonlight and uttering the occasional grunt –
…but otherwise, mostly ignored so he can just keep eating and getting bigger by the day.
What you do is up to you. If you want some direct, live and hands-on help building your SABSA security architecture skills – and your architecture skills and business knowledge in general – then scoot on over to this link and sign up:
It’ll be a pleasure to have you as part of the program.
Stay safe – and mind the walrus!
Andrew S. Townley
Archistry Chief Executive