The heat is on

We all know what a car is. Chances are, if you are reading this, then you drive a car. We all should therefore know what an engine temperate gauge is. Of course we do. It is an early warning system.

I have had a car engine overheat twice in in the past 30 years. The first time when I was a student, on the way to Sun City, and it resulted in the engine having to be overhauled – it was not a cheap exercise.  Luckily, I won at the black jack table, and managed to pay for the engine to be repaired with my winnings. The second time I had an engine getting hot was a few years ago, and I pulled over, called for a tow truck, and skipped a big headache.

If your engine is overheating then is it too late? Depends … if you are alerted when the gauge starts to rise, then you can save the engine. But if you never know then it will probably end with the engine seizing. These days, modern cars will have warning lights that come on when the engine overheats. With my first car, we saw smoke coming out of the engine – we never noticed the needle starting to rise, and there were no warning lights back then.

If your car engine is getting hot you want to know about it. The last thing you want is for the thing to seize or explode. And likewise, if your computer network is heating up, you want to know about it. An early warning can save you from a disaster – know before it is too late.

In short: when the heat is on, be in the know. Don’t overheat or you may never recover.

A car is something we all are familiar with. A computer network not as much. Sure, we all know that the ultimate computer network, the Internet, is the infrastructure that allows you to read this article, catch an Uber, check into a flight, communicate with people around the globe, etc. But most folk don’t know how any of this works, and shouldn’t have to.

The IT folk that are maintaining and building this infrastructure should know, but when it comes to cyber security, it is often overwhelming to try understand where all the different products and services fit in. That is my experience dealing with corporates these past 2 years here in SA, and in other countries on the continent. We have a serious skills shortage.

Everyone knows that a firewall is fundamental, but what if wrong-doers bypass the firewall (it happens constantly) because of phishing attacks, illegal modems, un-checked USB drives, and the most simplest and cheekiest, a criminal just strolling into your office campus, charming their way past the front desk, walking into a meeting room, ordering coffee noggal, and then finding a LAN point and plugging in their laptop.

We need early warning systems. Notification devices that tell us if something is not right. Protection is one thing, but detection could save your ass.

The recent breach scenario at Liberty Life is not something you want happening to you. So, be proactive and deploy early warning systems. Lay down network traps. Honeypots can go a long way to making sure your engine never seizes.

Click here to learn more about a honeypot : https://vimeo.com/237585905

Old Goat Quiz

Great mental exercise for the over-60 crowd.  Which of the following names are you familiar with?

  1. Monica Lewinsky
  1. Spiro Agnew
  1. Benito Mussolini
  1. Adolf Hitler
  1. Jorge Bergoglio
  1. Alfonse Capone
  1. Vladimir Putin
  1. Linda Lovelace
  1. Saddam Hussein
  1. Tiger Woods

You had trouble with #5, didn’t you?

You know all the liars, criminals, adulterers, murderers, thieves, sluts, and cheaters, but you don’t know the Pope??

Lovely, just lovely … sometimes I worry about you.