I find it amazing how some of the great quotes about life and business from both the past and present directly apply to information security and risk management today. Here are a few that really stand out to me:
“Learn to see in another’s calamity the ills that you should avoid.” -Thomas Jefferson
“There’s nothing stronger when you’re trying to get something done than common sense.” -Ned Jarrett
“If you believe everything you read, perhaps it’s better not to read.” -Japanese proverb
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” -Edmund Burke
“I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” -Bill Cosby
“The important thing is to not stop questioning.” -Albert Einstein
…and my favorite quote of all time:
“Use wisely your power of choice.” -Og Mandino
Think about these quotes and the real messages they convey. If you apply just one of them to your everyday decisions related to information security you can make grand improvements in your environment.
Kevin Beaver is an independent information security consultant, expert witness, author, and professional speaker with Atlanta-based Principle Logic, LLC and a contributor to the IT Watch Blog. You can reach Kevin through his website at www.principlelogic.com and follow him on Twitter at @kevinbeaver.