Spring is HERE

Spring has officially started, not only the season, but the semester. For those in the Seattle area, the weather is still lacking in quality. Although, it was sunny this afternoon.

On the academic front, spring semester started last week. This term, I’m taking a couple fascinating courses, Managing ERP Systems, and Ethical Considerations in IT. These topics may sound dull, and to most people they probably area. But, ERP is an important consideration for any growing business that wants to integrate their processes. As for ethics, it’s important to keep in mind, just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should do it. Or, at the least, have a plan for addressing the negative impact of your decision.

How do these courses fit into my greater plan? The field of information security encompasses people, processes, and systems. In order to implement a secure and usable system, a security professional must be aware of what those systems are, their purpose, and the people that use them. Failing to understand those components, you could secure a system to the point it is no longer capable of being used. Alternatively, your attempts to monitor system activity could become so invasive, that the people using it are uncomfortable with the situation.

Back in School

Last fall I decided it was time to go back to school, and get a Masters in IT Management. The move was partially motivated by my desire to simply make more money. As well as to simply expand my knowledge base.

So, here are I am, already survived the first course. My first class was both difficult and not so difficult. I could rely on my¬†extensive familiarity with the technical content, however, I had limited knowledge on the business side. In addition, it’s been a long time since I wrote so many papers, all of which had a specific format, citations, etc.

Along the way, I’ve picked up a few tools to make my life easier since the last time I was in school. The first being, cloud storage, I’m using OneDrive to store my documents, papers, etc. The second, a reference manager, in my case I went with Zotero.