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Thursday, 31 August 2017 20:31

You are only as strong as your weakest link

Derived from the old proverb “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link”, this axiom was top of mind for me this past weekend as I prepared to lift a 20-foot section of trunk and root ball from a downed cottonwood that was blocking my creek. I carefully examined each link of the 40 feet of logging chain, I examined the winch mechanism of my “come-a-long” (read manual) winch, I searched for the right tree to which to attach my winch, I cleared the ground around me to have ample foot room, and thought through my “escape route” should the chain break.

On one of my many breaks, I started thinking about how this old adage can impact your cyber security strategies. (Yes, I really do think about this stuff all the time, even when covered in mud, creek water, and sweat!) ‘You are only as strong as your’ weakest link is something that should be on the mind of every CISO, CIO and Risk Manager.

Hackers are getting smarter. They are attacking the weakest link.