You can’t actually WIN.
You can SUCCEED though.
But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to fight it anyway. Like many things in a safety and security realm, the threat is ever changing, and your strategy must flex with it. You have to manage the threat and fend attackers off while serving your customers and enabling your employees to do work.
AND you even have to let your employees do the work in the way they want to.
Top-down authoritarian restrictions don’t really work in the long run.
“The more you tighten your grip, Tarkin, the more star systems will slip through your fingers.” – Princess Leia
Security only works if EVERYONE on board participates and WANTS to be part of the culture that puts it near the top of the list.
Treat your employees and customers like robots, and they WILL find somewhere else to go. They WILL leak data through the cracks. They WILL leave the side door unlocked.
If your culture is a stance of defense and diligence, one of self-awareness and reliance and constant learning and improvement, then this should include your security posture as well.
The war is not winnable, but that doesn’t have to keep you from succeeding.
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