2012: Over and Done With.
Well, this is really more a footnote than anything. Did 2012 go the way you wanted it to? Here on New Years Eve, hanging with Karrie in Vegas, it’s a great time to look back and reflect on how the year went. Did I accomplish my personal and professional goals? Did I do anything interesting/unusual? Did I learn anything? These are the kinds of questions all of us should be asking, of course. A little introspection never hurts…right?
There’s been a lot of acrimonious discussion in the security community this year…and I found myself becoming completely and totally desensitized to much of it. Why? Not because I’m callous or don’t care. No, because I have progressively grown more focused on discourse that actually focuses on real-world issues or things we can do…I’m not interested in emotional diatribes, whiny passive-aggressive rants, or philosophical musings on why security is “broken”. I am all about action, pretty much all the time. And, my friends, so should you be. Get out of this sad bitching about what is broken, what is wrong, who is bad, why the “industry” or “community” is broken or messed up…none of this does a damn bit of good.
Get out more. Get some friends and hobbies outside infosec. I have said this a million times, but it bears repeating. If, at the end of your life, you can only look back and think about all the bullshit “Internet friendships” you’ve had (or not had), then you’ve failed. A life is supposed to be interesting, full of crazy experiences, travel, experiments (both failed and successful, doesn’t matter), and so on. Myopically dwelling on the “infosec community” does you, and likely the community, a disservice. There’s more to life. Go forth, solve problems, come up with outlandish goals and plans, enjoy your family and people you see IN PERSON, and most of all…HAVE FUN. Don’t sit around stewing about how we’re NOT doing this, vendors are bad, business doesn’t listen, etc. Useless. Focus on what you CAN do, SHOULD do, and then DO it. Be positive. And, perhaps most of all, don’t get all caught up in the politics or the silly rantiness of those who have nothing better to do than sit in front of their %&* computers and bitch. You don’t have to be one of those people. I’m going to get away from that crap as much as possible in 2013 and beyond. Hopefully you will too.
Happy New Years!