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.