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.
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.
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.
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.
There are two crucial steps in achieving adequate cyber security. The first is moving from ignorance to awareness. The second is moving from awareness to action. Many would agree that getting the visibility we lack is critical, making the first step achievable through awareness activities, education, and readily-available tools. Unfortunately, achieving the second step can seem impossible when, despite having all the information before us, we fail to act, rendering the achievement of awareness moot. Knowing where you are does not guarantee knowing how to get where you need to be, but we must begin somewhere to eventually arrive there.
The more communication technology we have, the less we actually communicate. It is both intriguing and disheartening to observe individuals together communicating with anyone but the person right in front of them. Mobile technology should complement, rather than replace, human interaction. One may witness the visible frustration when only one is preoccupied with their mobile device; the resentment is very obvious. This manner of interaction is reminiscent of television channel surfing where we do not care what is on, but rather “what else” is on. When will we recognise the most interesting “program” is the one we are already watching?