Monthly Archives: November 2019


Leadership Musings by JPL #2

The human condition is to make mistakes and learn from them. The ability to improve is what sets apart the winners from the mediocre. It's not all about talent. It's about dependability, consistency, and being able to improve. If you work hard and you're coachable, and you understand what you need to do, you can improve. - Bill Belichick None of us are perfect. We all make mistakes. Lord knows, I've made my fair share. But what do we do [...]

2019-11-25T13:11:19-05:00By |

Cybersecurity and GI Joe

I recently read an article by Forbes' Serenity Gibbons that I found was spot on. I particularly love her analogy about race car brakes and speed. "A good way to think about cybersecurty is to compare it to the brakes on a race car. It's the brakes that truly make the speed possible. Without them, the speed would be pure recklessness." She outlines three major themes explaining why cybersecurity should be seen as an asset: Education. Let's face it - knowing [...]

2019-11-19T16:39:05-05:00By |

There are three kinds of pipe…

“There are three kinds of pipe. There’s aluminum, which is garbage. There’s bronze, which is pretty good, unless something goes wrong. And something always goes wrong. Then, there’s copper, which is the only pipe I use. It costs money. It costs money because it saves money.” While this sounds like a stereotypical sales pitch - for which it was portrayed in one of my favorite movies of all time, Moonstruck, by the great Cosmo Castorini - we have found that [...]

2019-11-14T14:39:45-05:00By |

The Ransomware Blues

Introduction Ransomware attacks have proven to be devastating in 2019, and the stakes are growing for public and private organizations. Attacks have disrupted government and municipal services, halted medical surgeries, and forced businesses to close for good. The average ransomware insurance claim from a large company is roughly $2 million, and claims from smaller companies are approximately $150k – 250k. Ransomware is being used more strategically and has proven to be increasingly effective, amounting to greater ransoms. A modern-day ransomware [...]

2019-11-08T16:33:37-05:00By |