What will you do when your organisation be annihilated by a cyber-attack?
A Sense of Death
A few years ago my best friend was sitting next to her dad’s bed. It was a cold winter night, and he was dying of a stomach cancer. For more than six hours she set there, alone, tortured by her dad excruciating pain, and the fact she was unable to help him nor knew what to do. Late at night her dad took his last breath, and left this world. After he did, she called me, crying, telling me it was the most horrible experience she ever had.
Death, the final frontier, has been a profound element in what we call “self-awareness”. All human cultures that we know of – both in current days and in the past – have and had death-related rituals. Death is as integrated in the fabric of our existence as life is, and our ability to acknowledge is an indication of our evolutionary state.
The realisation of the notion of death is an evolutionary process. You first develop a sense of self (ego), and then you discover (or become “aware”) that this self is limited, that it must die at some point. The ego then depend on the information it will receive and how it will interpret it to devise plan on how to handle that fact, and that plan will be engraved in him and define many of his actions, consciously and subconsciously, becoming the young ego biggest challenge.
The hidden cost behind technology addiction, the knowledge culture, and the abandoning of wisdom.
By Eh’den Biber
Once upon a time there was a successful scholar who was dissatisfied with his life. One day, he decided to make a deal with the devil, to give up his soul for all the world’s knowledge and pleasures. This ancient German tale that has been captured so vividly in the writings of Goethe at the late 18th century is one of the most known stories about deals humans have made with the devil. Fast forward to the 21st century and we are constantly being tempted by knowledge and the pleasures of technology. But what price do we pay? Are we exchanging something more important by our addiction to this flashing thing we call reality?
Why technology is not the solution to lack of awareness.
By Eh’den Biber
When the Greek came up with the wonderful “Trojan horse” scam the term “I fear Greeks, even those bearing gifts” came to life, followed by the fall of Troy. According to the stories, the Trojan priest Laocoön guessed the plot and tried to warn the Trojans, but they wouldn’t listen.
From Laocoön perspective, the Trojans where acting in insane state, in an uncontrollable impulsive behaviour. For the Trojans, Laocoön was insane, not being able to distinguish between his own mind fantasies and what they perceived as reality, which was – the Greek run away, we got a present.
Moving from benchmarking to baselining.
By Eh’den Biber
Trying to figure out the level of awareness to information security within an organisation is a taunting task. Throughout the years I’ve seen multiple attempts to deliver effective metrics and frankly – most of them sucked, big time, including the ones I came up with. Retrospectively I can humbly say – especially the ones I’ve chosen.
The difficulty arises from the simple fact that most of the information security professionals who are assigned to deliver such task have no clue what awareness is. We (humans) think we know what awareness is, but since our experience is subjective we don’t have a clue what it actually means. Awareness, or the nature of consciousness which is aware of itself is beyond the scope of this article. I’ve written a series of articles about it (the desolation of awareness) and I invite you to read them, rather than repeat segments of it.
How to become invincible
An awareness tale (or a tale of awareness), written by Eh’den (Uri) Biber / BlueSkyOfLove.
Dedicated with love to all of us who try to conquer our world.
Once upon a time there was a young man who dreamed of becoming invincible. He heard a legend that in a far away enchanted forest lives an old man, the wisest person in the whole world, so he decided to seek for his advice. He packed up his sword, travelled for months until he reach the forest, and upon his arrival he stood and called: “Old man! I’ve heard many stories about your wisdom so I’ve travelled from the other side the world to discover how to become invincible. Would you please tell me the secret?“