Zen Garden of InfoSec

Information security and governance explained in plain language for IT personnel, business executives, and boards of directors.

Emergency Preparedness

My own personal devotion to emergency preparedness cannot be overstated.

The attention I pay to this critical function borders on one of the true definitions of “fetish”. Maybe that’s because I come from the “Land of Katrina”. Or maybe it’s because this subset of the business continuity field is a perfect match for me. It requires adaptation. It invites constant re-evaluation, constant testing, and a constant push toward greater effectiveness & efficiency.

Road Warrior

I am a road warrior.

There are many out there like me.

I sleep in a hotel for much of the year. A different hotel every month; every week; every night.

I eat in delicious restaurants that the TV shows will never find. I eat rubbery hotel eggs floating in water.

I travel for miles, navigating the roads, the trains, and the airports to reach my destination on time and safely.

I live out of my car; truck; carry-on. My daily life must fit inside 22 inches.

Half my meals are eaten standing up—half of those while rushing to get somewhere important to me, my boss, or my client.

I have watched my children grow up via webcam.

It is my job to meet for the first time and impress a person; a handful; a dozen; hundreds at a time. This is difficult on 3 hours sleep. I subsist on energy drinks, energy shots, or coffee.

I know more about the TSA’s screening procedures than half of the TSA officers I come into contact with. I want to shout, “you’re doing it wrong!”
But this is the last leg on my trip back home…

I am a road warrior.

There are many like me.

(Written between 2010 and 2014)