Operational Resilience and the First Rule

The First Rule and Past Tense are basic mental frameworks to help us understand life via two sides of the same coin - mortality. On the one hand is a biological imperative to perpetuate life as we know it. The other holds recognition of needs beyond the self, when we are taken out of the equation. Together these two offer useful perspective on decision-making. First Rule is the default consideration for operational resilience.

On Cypartan’s Dilemma

In our dynamic cyber threat landscape, info/ cybersec personnel engage everyday with enemies who seek to harm those we wish to protect. Few in number against staggering odds, outmanned and outgunned with limited resources, we must be right one-hundred percent of the time, whilst the enemy needs only to be right once. This is the Cypartan Dilemma.

On Dangers of Standing Alone

We call on one another's accountability, often recognising the courage required to stand up for right despite challenges. Assuming a stakeholder or leader faces these alone miscasts notions of organisational dynamics and isolation. In some regards we are alone - understand it defies the definition of leadership.