The Story of Adam & Eve’s Pets

Adam and Eve said, ‘Lord, when we were in the garden, you walked with us every day. Now we do not see you anymore. We are lonely here and it’s difficult for us to remember how much you love us.’

And God said, ‘I will create a companion for you that will be with you and who will be a reflection of my love for you, so that you will love me even when you cannot see me. Regardless of how selfish or childish or unlovable you may be, this new companion will accept you as you are and will love you as I do, in spite of yourselves.’

And God created a new animal to be a companion for Adam and Eve.

And it was a good animal and God was pleased.

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And the new animal was pleased to be with Adam and Eve and he wagged his tail.

And Adam said, ‘Lord, I have already named all the animals in the Kingdom and I cannot think of a name for this new animal.’

And God said, ‘I have created this new animal to be a reflection of my love for you, his name will be a reflection of my own name and you will call him DOG.’

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And Dog lived with Adam and Eve and was a companion to them and loved them.

And they were comforted.

And God was pleased.

And Dog was content and wagged his tail.

After a while, it came to pass that an angel came to the Lord and said, ‘Lord, Adam and Eve have become filled with pride. They strut and  preen like peacocks and they believe they are worthy of adoration. Dog has indeed taught them that they are loved but perhaps too well.’

And God said, ‘I will create for them a companion who will be with them and who will see them as they are.

The companion will remind them of their limitations so they will know that they are not always worthy of adoration.’

And God created CAT to be a companion to Adam and Eve.

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And Cat would not obey them. And when Adam and Eve gazed into Cat’s eyes, they were reminded that they were not the supreme beings.

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And Adam and Eve learned humility.

And they were greatly improved.

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And God was pleased.

And Dog was happy.

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And the Cat  . . .  didn’t give a shit one way or the other.

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Visibility | Skills | Context | Agility

The risk of cyber attacks is growing constantly and this is something corporations around the world are coming to grips with. One major challenge is that most organizations do not have the ability to quantify this risk.

This is one of the reasons that so many companies have a blinkered approach of “nothing has happened, everything is running, so we are okay”.”

It has been said that there are three types of organisations out there:

  • Those that have already been breached and don’t know about it (my research suggest that these are in the majority).
  • Those that have been breached and have some idea of the scope and consequences and will be counting the costs for years to come.
  • Those that will be breached.

All companies are challenged by the following :

  • Visibility

Having an accurate view on their security posture on an on-going basis. This includes a view on their compliance requirements (ISO, PCi, POPIA etc.) and how their people, process and technology decisions are enabling them to meet their compliance, legislative commitments, etc.

  • Skills

The lack of specialist skills to ensure they extract full value from their technology investments and also that these technology investments are doing what they should to assist in adherence to compliance requirements.

There are never enough truly specialised skills available, so one or two generalists land up having to do everything – this is quite commonplace and it is fertile ground for the bad guys.

We are human and cannot function 24x7x365 – the bad guys on the other hand never seem to stop.

We cannot digest and interpret the huge volumes of information from multiple sources to detect the “blip in the radar” that indicates something is afoot.

  • Context

Extracting actionable security insights from all the content flowing across the network, in time to make decisions that will stop incidents or at least limit the impact.

  • Agility  (Responsiveness)

The ability to detect cyber security incidents (incidents of attack and incidents of compromise) and the people and process to implement possible decisions made as a result of contextual insights.