Author Archives: Bill Murphy

What Are the Skills That We Need Behind the Firewall Today?🧱 with Adam Gordon

“I think the challenge we’re seeing in organizations is that C-level executives continue to be stuck in the past, challenged by old assumptions about risk, that are not fundamentally true on the ground.”

This quote from Adam Gordon, Edutainer & SME at ITProTV, speaks to the different mindset that is required for the modern security environment.

Simply “protecting the perimeter” will not be enough when the “perimeter” exists in smartphones, tablets, and computers that could be connected to the internet anywhere. This is where having a framework in place, such as a “Zero Trust” model, becomes very valuable in protecting this modern perimeter.

As far as the employees who will manage your cloud infrastructure, Adam says it’s all about quality, not quantity. First, IT leaders need to have a plan to understand how to manage the risks associated with investing in the cloud. Then you can selectively pick the individuals with the appropriate skill sets to execute that plan.

6 Ways to Create a Culture of Innovation in a Virtual World 💡

The big challenge for leaders managing remote teams is how to affect culture.

When employees are in the office, it is much easier to set tones and establish norms. Move those employees out of the office and into their individual homes, and there are different rules and standards that apply.

In his piece for Inc. Magazine, Soren Kaplan lays out 6 things you can do to get more innovation from your remote team in today’s virtual world.

Here were a few of my favorite points:

💻  Think of problems as the basis for new ideas. Seek out what items are giving your employees trouble and make it a point to work with them to solve them.

💻  Working remotely can be lonely. Pair employees up virtually, when possible, to tackle problems and stir innovation.

💻  I’m a big fan of this one – Celebrate WINS to create a winning team. Recognize employee achievements and provide a forum to share the good work your employees have been doing.

“If you want to go fast, GO ALONE. If you want to go far, GO TOGETHER.”

Inspiration for leaders can come from the unlikeliest of places. ✈ 


Philip Campbell, CIO/VP of Information Services at CalvertHealth, describes how a 3-hour layover in Johannesburg, South Africa, had a lifelong leadership impact.

While wheelchair-bound recovering from ankle surgery, Philip recalls being in the Johannesburg airport in front of a 30-foot mural with the words, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

With ample time to digest this quote, Philip internalized its message and its applications for leaders.

Philip says, “As a leader sometimes you have to go fast…and, you will not always have the luxury of going together on projects. You have to be prepared to go alone and you need to know when that’s possible – and you need to understand how far you can go alone before you’re going to need everyone else.”

This Week’s ‘Favorite 5’ is: 🎥Cybersecurity Podcasts

I love sharing some of my ‘Favorite 5’ groups each week –

Here is this week’s list of my favorite Cybersecurity Podcasts:

🛡️ “The CyberWire Podcast” by Dave Bittner.
🛡️ “Defense in Depth” by Allan Alford and David Spark.
🛡️ “Darknet Diaries” by Jack Rhysider.
🛡️ “Brakeing Down Security” by Bryan Brake, Amanda Berlin, & Brian Boettcher.
🛡️ “Open Source Security” by Josh Bressers and Kurt Seifried.

What are some of your favorite cybersecurity podcasts

“There is no cloud… it’s just someone else’s computer.”

One of the biggest misconceptions is that the cloud is something magical

…and by the nature of thinking that “It’s In the Cloud,” assumptions are made that data in the cloud is inherently secure.

Nothing could be further from the truth and unfortunately that type of thinking results in people dropping their guard.

The cloud is just another computer or server that processes your data.

That environment needs to be secured in the same manner and same intensity as you secure the data and servers within your own data center or controlled environment.