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The Road Goes Ever On and On...

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It is a Journey

What is security? How can I be secure? How will I know my systems are secure? I was compliant with the regulations, how was I able to be hacked?

Over the years these questions have come up in one form or another. Now the conversations have been with different people and in different contexts. At first I was a bit dismayed that we are still struggling with the concept of security but the more I thought about it the more I welcomed the opportunity to address this topic.

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Swimming with Caiman, Piranha, and Arapaima

Graydon Swimming in the Amazon River


About a year ago I had the opportunity to conduct some security assessments at a partner’s facility deep in the rain forests of Brazil. While I was there I was given a very unique opportunity and that was to not only take a cruise on the Amazon, but to actually swim in the confluence of the waters of the Rio Negro and the Solimoes where the Amazon officially begins.

Swimming in the confluence of two rivers is probably not the smartest thing to do - especially in the Amazon. Not only do you have unpredictable currents and eddies but you are likely to have predators lurking there to take advantage of the food sources coming out of each river.

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