Smashing Pumpkins, Security Myths and Pretty Much Anything Else We Can Get Our Hands On
Hurricane Sandy, appropriately named after a slow-moving but powerful family member of yours truly, spent the last few days wreaking havoc on the East Coast.
And while some of us made it through with just a bit of sideways rain, I’m sure there are more than a few business out there putting a Business Continuity Plan on their “To Do” list this morning.
Better late than never, they say.
Or is it? After all, Upstate New York has experienced an earthquake, a tornado, epic flooding and two hurricanes in the past fifteen months. This in an area that is considered relatively protected from Mother Nature.
Tonight, on All Hallows’ Eve, most of us will engage in some sort of ghoulish tradition, whether carving a pumpkin for the front stoop or trick-or-treating with the kiddies. And yet we know that most, if not all of these activities can end in some kind of trouble.
Chances are good that the creepy teenager down the block with the acne and the freakishly thick eyebrows is going to smash your pumpkin. Someone’s car is going to get a clean shave. And Mrs. McGillicutty’s willow tree is probably getting TPd.
But despite all of this, we trust our kids and neighbors to make it through the night without serious damage. We trust that things won’t get out of hand. Without trust that people won’t kill each other over a bag of treats.
And in that apparent weakness lies one of our greatest strengths. In trust we gain the ability to go about our lives. To interact with others. To exist.
Without trust, we could not walk down the street at night without checking every dark corner. We couldn’t approach a stranger’s door without a background check. We couldn’t eat candy without inspecting every chocolatey bite.
Without trust, we could simply not function.
Trust is at the heart of every security model on planet Earth. Despite popular wisdom, the security controls that we put in place to protect our information, people and other assets imply some measure of trust in their relationships.
We trust that a firewall will disallow specific protocols on specific ports. If we didn’t we wouldn’t buy them. But like the creepy kid down the street, trust only goes so far.
At some point, you need to verify.
And what better time than Halloween for a lesson in verification? Whether it’s the batteries in your flashlight, the traffic crossing in front of your little Spiderman or the brastrap on your girlfriend’s Lady Gaga BaconSuit costume, some times you just need to verify.
Halloween is no time for a wardrobe malfunction.