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bratty-kidWhen I was about 11 we had a next door neighbor kid named Billy. Billy was an OK kid, for a five-year-old. Sometimes I’d keep him company while his mom worked in the garden, tossing a Nerf football back and forth or running footraces where I tripped in slow motion right before the finish line so he could zip over as the victor.

It was kind of cool – I was staring down the barrel of middle school and impending young-adulthood, and it was fun to just play around and make him laugh.

But then it become a job. One day during Christmas vacation my mom said to Billy’s mom, “It’s OK, Michael can watch him while you go shopping.” To which I said something like this.

It rapidly became un-fun. Making sandwiches for the little whiner, walking to the park to push swings forever, making sure rules were followed … none of this was like tossing a Nerf or horsing around in fake footraces.

Some marketing wonk* here at Tripwire just told me I have to write more blog posts. Not, “Hey Michael, you can contribute posts whenever some topic meets your fancy” but, “You have to.” 

I’ve contributed some 20-plus posts to The State of Security, and for the most part I’ve enjoyed every one. But this sounded suspiciously like quota, and for a moment I heard all the fun get sucked out of blogging like this.

But it could be fun. I looked over some old posts to remind me of the ones I enjoyed writing, and here are a few favorites:

picI also enjoyed participating in the creation of the Security Configuration Management For Dummies guide by Wiley Publishing.

This Tripwire Special Edition version shows you not only how to accomplish a wide-scale security hardening project, but how to make it stick.

This concise book provides detailed advice, industry best practices, and case studies that can help you make a case for introducing security configuration management into your infosec programs.

And best of all — it’s free from Tripwire.

These were sort of fun to research and write, and maybe some new posts will be fun. At the very least I’ll get a chance to invent some new words, like BLUDGERY.


* I can say this because a few months ago I was a marketing wonk too. But I’m better now.


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