Thursday, May 11, 2017

Dear Reader, Love George Finney

Dear Reader…

One of the things that I hoped to accomplish in writing this book was that, in addition to getting my ideas about transforming cybersecurity across, I also wanted you to feel like you were getting to know me a little bit along the way.  I hoped to convey my sense of humor and adventure.  I wanted to write a story that was delightful, something that I think is missing because we treat cybersecurity so seriously.

We should take cybersecurity seriously, whether in relation to our jobs or our personal lives.  Security is one of the foundations of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, after all.  But security is also really cool and exciting.  Look at some of the jargon we use in cybersecurity: jailbreaking, logic bombs, malware, honeypots.  To make a difference in security, we need everyone to play a role.  To get more people to play a part, security needs to be approachable.

I started my journey to make cybersecurity more approachable by telling a story.  I was inspired by books like Who Moved My Cheese or the One Minute Manager because they took very important, complex leadership topics and made them interesting.  My book, No More Magic Wands, is a kind of case study…what would happen if a company that makes magic wands was hacked?  People like to say you can wave a magic wand to make your problems go away, but what if the elves who run the company couldn’t fix their problems with magic?  Each chapter is also like a fairy tale or fable, with a few “morals” of the story for people to think about.

I think the tendency when you read books about technical subjects is to challenge those stories by comparing them with your own experiences.  “I don’t do it that way,” or “that wouldn’t work for me,” or “that advice isn’t applicable,” etc.  By telling a story, you step past that because you’re putting on someone else’s shoes and you learn by walking around in them a little. 

The only way that we will improve cybersecurity is if we unite.  Security is everyone’s job, and that means we all have a role to play.

About the Author

GEORGE FINNEY, ESQ., has worked in Cybersecurity for over 15 years and is the author of No More Magic Wands: Transformative Cybersecurity Change for Everyone. He is currently the Chief Information Security Officer for Southern Methodist University where he has also taught on the subject of Corporate Cybersecurity and Information Assurance. Mr. Finney is an attorney and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional as well as a Certified Information Security Systems Professional and has spoken on Cybersecurity topics across the country.



About the Book:

Author: George Finney
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 130
Genre: Business/Leadership/Management/Cybersecurity/Technology

Once upon a time there was a company that made magic wands, but when they were hacked all the magic in the world couldn’t prevent their data from being stolen. If that company had a chance for a clean start, what would they have done differently? The unlikely hero isn’t a security guy. She’s a business elf who makes it her mission to change the way her company does business from the top down.

Most books on Cybersecurity are written for highly technical professionals, focus on specific compliance regulations, or are intended for reference. No More Magic Wands is takes complex security concepts and puts them into practice in easy to read, relateable stories.

No More Magic Wands is available at AMAZON

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