Security and The House of the Rising Sun

Understanding trends in cybersecurity and IT in general is all about understanding the culture that exists today. We are a culture built on traditional practices and procedures. Now this isn’t all bad, but it certainly has slowed the adoption of new technologies into our environments. To help illustrate this, I’d like to pull from the past and explain the problems of this school of thought and how this could be changed.

Sewed My New Blue Jeans

Perhaps one of the most iconic songs to come out of the 1960s was a song called ‘House of the Rising Sun’ performed by The Animals. I use the term performed vs. written because the song wasn’t written by The Animals.

It was an adaptation by Tim Hardin but it’s based on a folk song. The song has been around for a long time and although it has been modified throughout the years, the message has remained relatively constant. It’s a tale talking about the mistakes not only made by the father but also of the son.

Now we could dive into the theological messages here, but let’s keep to the spirit of the article and discuss how this relates to cybersecurity and IT.

One thing that makes cybersecurity and IT in general such an interesting field is that most of the experience you will receive is on the job site, and not so much in a classroom. As such, we tend to emulate those who came before us; the supervisors, the CISO, the CTO, the tenured employees, the people who showed you the ropes. To use the song, we will call these people “Father.”

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This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog post authored by Chris Stephen. Read the original post at: Cylance Blog