As The Analogies Project home page says so well:
“I can think of nothing that an audience won’t understand.
The only problem is to interest them;
once they are interested, they understand anything in the world.”
Now is the time to demystify InfoSec. The general public and lay people in companies, are increasingly at risk. They need to understand those risks and be supported to protect their data, reputation and financial welfare. Everyone is exposing more data on the internet, either directly, or via 3rd parties. We, the InfoSec industry, are often doing those people a disservice.
Time to change -Time to engage – Time to explain
Why I support and contribute to the project;
I am an expert in my own field, but when my car goes wrong, I feel helpless and think I’m going to be taken advantage of by the car trade. I’ve now found a garage that uses plain English to explain exactly what’s wrong, short and long term implications of the problem and options to fix. The upshot –trust. I always return there. There are closer places I could go, but I always hand over my credit card feeling confident that I’m only paying for what I need.
In my opinion, the historic “them and us” tension between security professionals and everyone else, is primarily due to the same feelings of debilitation and resulting defensiveness.
The project is necessary, overdue and useful as a resource for the trade. With the other initiatives, it is a building block to enable cultural change in the world of information security awareness as a whole. That’s why Bruce Hallas (founder and curator of the project) has more offers to speak and do workshops than he can possibly handle.
If you have your own creative ways to get the InfoSec message across, get in touch. Bruce is always on the look out for new talent.