Fatherhood made me a better security administrator

by Colton Kratky | at Minnebar 17

You can never protect yourself 100%. What you do is protect yourself as much as possible and mitigate risk to an acceptable degree. You can never remove all risk. - Kevin Mitnick

While I have become a father relatively recently, it has vastly changed how I view certain things in the world. One of those things is risk and danger and what it means to mitigate that risk.

I will talk about how I think we should be looking at risk, what it means to plan for risk, and what it means to ignore risk at times. I will also be talking on why we should look at security and risk during the whole process and not as an afterthought to a new project/program/system.

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Colton Kratky

Colton joined the military and was placed as a System Administrator, Radio operator, and Satcom operator and that started his career in IT and made him actually enjoy working on computers and systems. In 2019 he started working as a Network and Server Administrator and recently was promoted to Sr Network and Security Administrator.

He enjoys learning new things and figuring out how to automate tasks with python and powershell.

His education has been through on the job training, crash course training (I.e. 5 days a week 8-4 for 6 months), and learn it to run it (I.e. I'm now supposed to administer this new thing, figure it out yourself how to do so).