To get more secure, first figure out where you want to go
It’s always a good idea to point the car in the right direction before pressing the gas pedal, right? Why is it, then, that so many people lose sight of that simple concept?
I’m thinking about information security, of course, but here’s another example that’s probably familiar to most of you: People who, upon hearing that you work with computers, ask a directionless question like, “What’s the best operating system?”“What kind of computer should I buy?”“What’s the best backup?”“The best smartphone?”
Of course, the answer to these questions, more often than not, is “It depends,” though that seems to frustrate the questioners. “Just what does it depend on?” they’ll ask. “What do you want to do with it?” I’ll usually respond. All too often the response to that is a blank stare or a very unhelpful “Oh, all sorts of stuff.”Great, you want to step on the gas before pointing the car, I’ll say.