100 Words on Aggregation

Aggregating information from online sources allows people you would rather know very little about you achieve the opposite.  With several Social Media and email accounts coupled with other sources of information like eBay, there is likely more of you in cyberspace than you would like.   Combining details from sites like LinkedIn and Facebook along with Google searches, a complete stranger can come to know you better than your own family.  Be selective about what you share online and understand the size of your cyber footprint.  Delete anything that is not absolutely necessary; not a perfect solution, but a good start.

100 Words on Turnover

 

There is no bigger red flag for a business than when they are constantly seeking new people.  If the majority of those are contractors, the flag doubles in size.  The market does not allow growth without significant projects to justify the expansion.  Unless the organisation has won large deals, the likely cause is turnover.  Companies promote their ability to attract and retain quality people and while they succeed with attraction, they struggle with retention.  Gaining a reputation as a “churn and burn” workplace drives clients to follow suit and stay away. Do not underestimate your clients’ loyalty to your staff.

100 Words on Time

Time has no beginning and no end.  We can neither slow down or accelerate time, nor should we want to.  We divide time into units yet it remains infinite.  Time is something we all have but never have enough of.  We kill time, waste time, save time, and change time, but we can never create more time.  Spend your time wisely and cherish the time given to you.  Make time for family and friends.  Do not waste your time at work and always go home on time.  Remember that while there may be more work, there is never more time.

100 Words on Crime

We live in a time where even traditional crime has moved online.  Offences such as racketeering and trafficking, once the domain of local or international crime syndicates, exist in a virtual sense and are no longer limited to dark alleys and nondescript warehouses or even exclusive clubs and sprawling, palatial estates.  Activities can take place virtually anywhere, any time, and be undertaken by nearly anybody.  One can even equate recent cybercrimes to the long-standing practice of kidnapping and being held for ransom.  Data is now substituted for people, but the impact is just as critically significant.  Remain vigilant.  Stay safe.

100 Words on Knowledge

I have been “cautioned” over the years about giving away free knowledge through blogs, social media posts, and articles.  While disguised as advice, their intent has always appeared to come from a hidden agenda to package my thoughts and sell them to the highest bidder.  My intent has always been to be thought provoking and to engage in discussions around the digital challenges that face humanity.  Action is more likely when driven by internal motivation rather than external direction.  For Cyber Security challenges, I am sure we agree that we need all the help we can get, free or otherwise.

100 Words on Progress

I have often said that, “Information Technology is the only industry whose growth is dependent on the problems it creates” with good reason.  Touted as a solution that will eliminate human error, we forget that humans create technology which is therefore susceptible to human error itself.  If technology was perfect, there would be no operating system patches, upgrades, or vulnerabilities to address.  Often, in the rush to get new technology to market, corners are cut and issues overlooked.  Good becomes simply good enough.  The inevitable impact is that problems arise and must be dealt with, driving growth.  And more problems.

100 Words on Balance

The balance between work and home life seems to be more concept than reality.  Often used as a marketing ploy to lure talent, many organisations seem to drop the ball when it comes to promoting equilibrium and looking after their people.  We are equally guilty of failing to hold business to its word or looking after our own best interests.  My doctor once told me that “We work to live, not live to work” and coming from a medical professional, it is solid advice.  Sacrificing your health, friends, and family to pursue someone else’s dream can become your own nightmare.