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IT Security is like…

Inspired by a rough quote by a colleague, exact citation from PROCESSOR.com:

“When information security experts get on stage at industry conferences, one of their favorite analogies to trot out is that of sports car brakes. The question they’ll pose is: “What is the purpose of brakes on a sports car?” The obvious answer is “To stop the car,” but the real answer they are looking for is “To enable the car to safely go faster.”

Like brakes on a sports car, information security and security monitoring allow IT departments to employ cutting-edge technologies to make the business more successful—to “go faster”—while mitigating the risks of doing so.”

I like that approach. It’s an excellent analogy – we often struggle to get that point across with customers and are perceived as a burden on projects instead.

To make the point more obvious:

“There is apparently an academic named Gordon Tullock at George Mason University who insists that we would all drive much more safely if we attached a big spike to the steering wheel and point it directly at our chest.”

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