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Dec 31 2010   10:00PM GMT

All I Really Need to Know About Security I Learned From My Cat

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Don’t want to exclude the cat lovers out there. Besides, dogs aren’t the only security experts. In fact, dogs could learn a lot from cats (OK, cats could learn a lot from dogs, too). Anyway, thanks to Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM, for the idea to write this and my previous post. He sent me an email entitled “My New Years Resolution” and said, “With 2011 nearly here, one of my resolutions is too be MORE like my pets…” I agree, though my take is a little different. Pets are the best security guards we have: They sense danger when we don’t; they warn us of suspicious things; they keep insisting we take action until we do; they comfort us when we do something stupid. Pets rule!

All I really need to know about security I learned from my cat. Here is the list of lessons:

  1. Security is hard. Do it and then take a nap.
  2. Curiosity killed the PC.
  3. Despite what you’ve heard, cats (and your security) don’t have nine lives.
  4. When in doubt, assume the worst.
  5. When it comes to security, cop an attitude.
  6. Always give your cats expensive treats (Sorry, Squeakers, my cat, made me put that in there!)
  7. Purr when your security applications are up to date.
  8. Keep your claws sharp and shred intruders, even if they look like your friends.
  9. Don’t trust anyone who offers you a free gift (catnip) when you first meet.

Happy New Year, cat lovers!

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