Louis Pasteur once said, "Chance favors a prepared mind."
If that statement is true, and I believe it is, then we need to do all we can to make sure we prepare our minds, our families, and our companies for any chance or opportunity that might come along. This is especially true for the work and play that we do on the Internet today, especially in light of our current economic situation.
It is a fact that the Intenet shrinks the global community and brings opportunities that previously could not have been imagined. However, with the global community being smaller and all the responsibilities that go along with that, there is also an inherent risk in collaborating and doing business on the Internet as well.
To help combat the threats, risks, and vulnerabilities on the Internet today, it is very important that we all "team" together to educate and strengthen one another so that we can continue to take advantage of the power of the Internet and not get impacted in a negative way. We oftentimes tell our customers that when they team with us, they actually become part of our Virtual Security Community (VSC).
In order to grow our VSC, we host an annual event called InterSec (short for Internet Security). It is a great event to network and learn all the geeky stuff, but more importantly, we focus on the fact that the weakest link in security is what I call the Human Factor. Yes, the Human Factor is indeed the weakest link. Most folks would then say that means we need more knowledge or more education on firewalls, anti-virus, etc.
That is not necessarily true. In reality, it may very well be the Character and Soft "People" Skills that make us humans the weakest link in security. Think about our economy right now. Most of the problems that have ensued have been due to greed and corporate corruption. Throwing money at the economic issues to solve them does no better than hardening your firewalls, anti-virus, security policies and procedures, etc. if the people we have working for us have Character and Soft Skill weaknesses. The whole problem and challenge must begin in the "heart."
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Until next time, keep leading with Character First! Heidi Ho-