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The forgotten

First off, this is a rant. If you have a problem with that please leave now.

Right if you still are here, this is a rant that mentions Metallica, so that automagically means it is 100% better.

Anyway, I want to start with the lyrics from a Metallica song – Unforgiven:

With time the child draws in
This whipping boy done wrong
Deprived of all his thoughts
The young man strugggles on and on he’s known
A vow unto his own
That never from this day
His will they’ll take away

What i’ve felt
What i’ve known
Never shined through in what i’ve shown
Never be
Never see
Won’t see what might have been
What i’ve felt
What i’ve known
Never shined through in what i’ve shown
Never free
Never me
So i dub thee UNFORGIVEN

They dedicate their lives
To running all of his
He tries to please then all
This bitter man he is
Throughout his life the same
He’s battled constantly
This fight he cannot win
A tired man they see no longer cares
The old man then prepares
To die regretfully
That old man here is me

 Now to me that is information security in a nutshell. And allow me to be more specific, that is the “good guys”, the “whitehats”, the “defenders”. Simply put, people and companies do NOT care. The bad guys are winning in every way that matters and most that are for fun because being good at it matters to them and those that use them. For the good guys, no-one cares as long as they can get their porn, visit facebook and tick their compliance checklists.

Now if you are still reading you are probably thinking that this all sounds very familiar, that many people say the sky is falling, etc. And I have heard many information security folks say that this is wrong. That we just need to try harder, that we need to do a bit more, stop being so negative, and all the rest of the platitudes. And you know what? Most of those guys are great, they are very bright and mean well. But that does not stop it from being bullshite.

Saying all of that while you earn a great salary, or do not have kids, or are famous, or get to call the shots, or all those other things – then yes, your view of security and mine are very different. IF however you are a wage-slave like me then you do what you need-to to get by, survive and provide for your family. I try to do that to the best of my ability, but I tell you, we will NEVER win.

So to those folks who say I am upset because I lost my fire, or do not care anymore, or I am not trying enough…. tell you what, I challenge you to come spend some time in my shoes. Hell I will even provide a bed and meals. But come spend some time in my life, in my world,  and then see. For me I know I will probably “never shine through in what I’vi shown” in “this fight I cannot win”, but I will try and I know I am realistic and not living in some dream world.

alrighty then….

Published by erich, on January 31st, 2011 at 3:01 pm. Filled under: rantNo Comments

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