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Dec 31 2010   9:08PM GMT

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

Ken Harthun Ken Harthun Profile: Ken Harthun

Thanks to Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM for the idea to write this 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 dog. Here is the list of lessons:

  1. Never pass up the opportunity to to give your dog a treat (OK, that’s not really security related, but my Missy Yorkie made me say that).
  2. Always sniff the air before deciding what to do.
  3. When loved ones send email with links, sniff to make sure they are really your loved ones.
  4. When in doubt, take a nap, then stretch before you click.
  5. Have fun, romp and surf when you know it’s safe.
  6. Be loyal to your security consultants (like me…).
  7. Never pretend to be someone else.
  8. Implement safe security practices with gusto and enthusiasm.
  9. If the information you want is buried, dig for it; if you still can’t find it, Ask the Geek!
  10. Never, never, never trust a link until you have sniffed it and determined it’s friendly.

Happy New Year, dog lovers!

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