We all think about sex – men (most of the time), women (some of time) and teenagers (all the time).
Sex – despite the huge volume of content in the digital and print media, is one of those phenomena that demonstrate an inverse relationship between substance and talk. The more talk, chances are, the less substance actually going on. The less talk, the higher a probability that something serious is really going on between you and your partner. When things are cooking for you and your wife/girl friend you don’t have time to be writing about it on your blog. When things are rough, you will probably be a bit shy about going into detail on Facebook. But it’s a lot easier to talk about other people, who’s hot and who’s not.
Just like data security and global terror. It’s a lot easier to talk about the Middle East and ignore what’s happening in your own backyard. It’s like “other peoples money” – something you can spend without worrying too much.
Using this metaphor, the data security industry is like sex. Lots of talk and press releases about data breaches, plenty of marketing communications written by clueless communications majors just out of school working for Symantec and Mcafee and recycling of Gartner reports ad nauseum. But – a lot less in the vulnerability and risk mitigation department and generally low levels of willingness to talk about security failures in an organization or what really works.
Since this is part of the human chemistry – I don’t imagine this will change in the near future but for sure we will have a lot of fun, just like great sex.