In my last blog posting, I spoke about the importance of thinking about cyber security as a resource problem rather than a technology problem. I challenged readers to think about speed and scale as a solution for the resource problem. This posting expands on that discussion by considering the importance, or lack thereof, of “Context.” My assertion is that while context may matter in some situations, it is one of the biggest impediments to implementing effective cyber security today.
The cyber security community is primarily made up of geeks, technologists, and nerds that typically can’t help themselves from going down a rabbit hole when it comes to digging into a problem. This growing community of men and women are on the front lines of protecting our payment systems, preserving our privacy, and keeping the valuable intellectual property from getting sucked out of the servers of companies of all sizes.