Wednesday, November 11, 2020

O Shit am I on FIRE?

What is that smell?..........  is that smoke I see?........  why am I hot?


Work in infosec long enough and you will see a fire or two, Oh hell let's be honest, work in infosec long enough and you will be the cause of a fire or two. It could be your flagship application leaking vast amounts of data, it could be the secretary clicking on a link, a misconfiguration, a failed patch, your most critical 3rd party has a data breach, and ransomware event all in one, then there is the tomfoolery of China, Russia, North Korea just to name a few.

 At some point, we have all gotten the "Shits on fire" call at some ungodly hour of the night, and this is assuming we were sleeping, instead of sitting up chewing our fingernails waiting for the phone to ring with a fire on the other end that we then have to deal with. This constant barrage of fires, day in and day out, takes a toll just like in a real fire-you get burnt.

Then we have the political fires when someone is trying to burn us down, we have to deal with this on top of the security fires, and this only further contributes to the personal burning, (no not that kind of personal burning, get your mind out of the gutter) I am referring to the burning of our energy and passion, the kind of burning that if not managed leads to burn out. The old saying goes "be careful not to burn the candle at both ends for too long" this is because you will eventually burn out, but along the way, you will burn up first.   

Oh and don't forget, your doorbell, cell phone charger, smart oven, furnace, lightbulbs are all trying to burn down your house.

So what can be done? What is the digital equivalent of a fire extinguisher, smoke detector, or sprinkler? How do you tell when you or a colleague is getting burned up or is already burned out? What do you do when your doorbell is trying to kill you with FIRE! 

All this and SPICY Chips (or Crisps as Chris would say) on the Shit Show 

Tune in and feel the heat Thursday 11/12/ 2021 at 10 PM Central, 21:00 Mountian 

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