Identity Yin, Security Yang, and Why Community Counts

Jon Oltsik of Enterprise Strategy Group just wrote a great article for CNET entitled “The marriage of identity yin and security yang.” While Oltsik started out by focusing on the upcoming RSA conference in San Fransisco, predicting what might be presented, he quickly transitioned to the focal point of his article: The marriage of identity and security.

But before talking about the positive outcome of marrying identity and security, Oltsik made the astute observation that many security professionals think of identity in forms of authentication—with issues like password management and role-based access controls as the focus. But Oltsik challenged his readers to look beyond the typical definition of identity (and how it applies to security) to form a new definition; one that creates an end result of “information sharing, collaboration, and business process improvement” (CNET).

More than anything else in the article, Oltsik’s idea of collaboration and information sharing really resonated with us because those are the ideas that inspired us to create this portal. While Oltsik was talking more along the lines of marrying identity and security to create collaboration and business sharing to create a world where the general IT world and the security field can work together, we feel that goal will be impossible until security professionals can create a strong community where collaboration, information sharing, and encouragement are the order of the day. It’s much easier to unite two strong entities (in Oltsik’s view, IT and security) than a bunch of scattered individuals—no matter how independently talented or intelligent those individuals might be.

While we don’t consider ourselves to be particularly extroverted, there is something about sharing ideas and learning new things that can make even the most introverted person break out of their shell. That is why we would like to create a strong community foundation with this portal and eventually evolve the NovaInfosec Twits portion of this site into a platform where meetups, presentations, and other events can happen. We want to give security professionals in the local community a chance to get their name out there, share their ideas, learn from others, and hopefully help others learn from them. There are so many great security professionals in the NoVA, DC, and MD area, and it would be great if we could all connect and create a community where we can all benefit from one another.

I guess the bottom line is, we created this portal so that we can all learn from one another and create a community where security professionals can get plugged into local security events, learn about upcoming conferences, have intelligent discussions with one another, and (hopefully) help those who visit this portal grow as professionals and help them reach their goals.

We would absolutely love for you to be a part of what we are trying to do. While we are currently working to make improvements to the site, we want to know what you would find useful or valuable. Whether it’s a mailing list, a forum, more tweets, whatever; we’re open to suggestions. We don’t want to create something for a community without asking that community to be part of the creative process.

So if you have some ideas about what you would like to see on this portal, please feel free to leave a comment below, send us a tweet @grecs, or contact us via email. We figure that three different contact options are sure to garner some responses. *Wink wink.*

We are also looking for guest bloggers, so if you would like to get your name out there or share your ideas with the local security community, please feel free to email us or send us a tweet @grecs and we would love to give you a chance to be featured on the site.

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