A Matter of Perception

Security — much like life — is about the journey, not the destination

Like my change in travel perspective, I learned that route numbers and direct lines were really not that important anymore. I needed to understand the bigger picture, and look at the entire organizational security landscape. I had to travel through unexpected areas and travel at a different pace. You have seen me write many times that security is a journey, not a destination. How well you understand the topography, geography and history of your organization will ultimately determine how successful you will be as a security manager. It is all a matter of perception.


John McCumber is a security and risk professional, and author of “Assessing and Managing Security Risk in IT Systems: A Structured Methodology,” from Auerbach Publications. If you have a comment or question for him, e-mail Cool_as_McCumber@cygnusb2b.com.