During this crazy journey with dynamically growing bits and bytes, the universe was kind enough to provide influential mentors to guide the way. The real fruit bearing moments are when such individuals congregate together in working sessions to define baselines, standards, frameworks and metrics the world can use as lowest common denominators that security engineers and architects can point to as blueprints for building “reasonable” solutions.
Consequently, when planning an initiative, project, or program of any kind, not consulting these standards is tantamount to engaging in dangerous behavior.
As security professionals, we must advocate for secure design and development from the onset of any project or program. As my grandparents often said, “when all else fails, read the instructions.”