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There’s so much more to security than people realize…

22 May

I don’t even realize it until I have to start training someone how to do it if I’m not there.

I am very procedural and detailed oriented. Once I learned it, it becomes like a server deployment, or a takeoff and landing sequence – it’s a procedure. It’s a checklist. But you must hit every item on the list perfectly.

There’s a disarm and arm sequence. There’s a series of codes to memorize and punch in. There’s a series of sensors to set when you start the sequence in the evening. All point contacts must match. And then there’s the safe to open and close. That part is a lot harder than people imagine until they have to do it. It’s takes weeks of training to get it right. There’s knowing how to read error panels and how to respond.

And once the safe’s open I have to point out things like, “That’s a 3 million dollar diamond. Don’t drop it. Here’s a whole tray.” Then someone has to learn where they go and you must have long arms and incredible balance.

It’s a lot less stressful for me to handle it all because it’s second nature. It’s just a tad nerve racking to train someone else when you see they aren’t a procedural learner. But I’m not willing to be there on Saturday’s to do it. So that means training and trusting. There will be an additional party present for everything.

I used to set and disarm the security systems at the park but they were easy – piece of cake. Nothing to it. Totally electronic and just a series of codes. Server security became much harder for a while and now I don’t sweat it.

And outside of that I have a team who helps me make sure the server is secured when my attention has to be elsewhere. When the hackers start up, we take them down.

I’m a good teacher and eventually with enough practice and patience, he’ll learn everything he needs to know.

What happens if you make a wrong move? The alarms go off full blast. The whole street hears it and we get a call from the two alarm companies. We’ll know if it doesn’t go well.

I grew up being a point guard on a basketball with a very long play book. You call the play. You know the direction that the players move. In the end it’s up to you to get the ball in the right player’s hand. You know how many steps each player will take and in what direction and which point it pivots. It’s your job to know the sequence. Because often the other players will forget but they watch for your cue. Not so different here.

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