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Situational Awareness in one sentence

February 22, 2012

In the technology industry we’re often guilty of using 100 words, where three would suffice… or over complicating things to the point that only a handful of people are able to figure out what we’re saying.  So, when I heard a summary of the value of situational awareness that even your grandmother would understand, I wanted to share it.

The explanation, provided by a pilot, explains the role situational awareness plays in doing what they do safely, and why it enables them to deal with unforeseen events quickly and effectively.

”  …We [pilots] need situational awareness… you have to realize how you got into a situation to figure your way out of it…”

It occurred to me that this one sentence explains why situational awareness is set to play such a huge role in the future of information security.  Unless you have data, from which you can deduce how an attack took place [and in many cases will still be taking place] you will have no way of figuring out how to repel it, mitigate it, and protect the intended target of the attack.  Without situational awareness you’re faced with the proverbial needle in a haystack!

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