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SABSA - How to Herd White Cats in a Snowstorm:

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“It is curious how often you humans manage to obtain that which you do not want.”

Spock (Star Trek)

The issue has been swept under the carpet and we like to pretend that we have not noticed, so whisper it softly……

…….The Emperor has no clothes. he opened a can of worms only to find a horrible ball of spaghetti, and as a result made an unholy mess of a horse’s ass.

We follow the defined practices for Governance, Policy & Risk like sheep. But while we as professionals love the subject of ‘rules’, the reality is that we as humans resist policy, hate being told what to do, and often enjoy the thrill of taking risk.

The psychology and ethos we have employed to create Governance, Policy & Risk structures in our organisations is historically deeply flawed and inverted. It is completely unworkable to force a group of human beings to do something they do not want to do and it is totally unsustainable to prevent human beings from doing something they do want to do.

Following on from our evening sessions early in the year when we introduced the concept of SABSA Attributes Profiling (“Ultra-Mega-Super-Fast SABSA Balanced Risk”) this session will examine why the universe of Governance, Policy & Risk is broken and, more importantly, how to use Architectural structures to transform the conversation and repair the problem.

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For those of you who haven’t heard of David Lynas before, he is one of three people who co-authored “Enterprise Security Architecture” A Business Driven Approach. Better known as the Sherwood Applied Business Security Architecture model (or SABSA for short). Since the model was first published its popularity has grown into a cult following.

David Lynas is a globally renowned Enterprise Security Architect, Security Strategist, and Thought-Leader. He is also one of the foremost international authorities on the SABSA framework. With more than 25 years experience in information security, David has been invited to provide strategic advice to governments and industry clients on every continent.

In 2006 he was appointed as a Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS CITP) for “Exceptional leadership, eminence and seniority in the field of information security.” He is also the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Computer Security Institute – the only professional from outside North America ever to receive this honour in CSI’s 33 year history.

David is the founder and chair of COSAC (www.cosac.net), a premier annual global forum for innovation and leadership in the Infosec profession. He was part of the original development team for the SABSA® framework and is co-author of Enterprise Security Architecture: A Business-Driven Approach (2006), widely regarded as the pre-eminent reference text for information security architecture professionals.

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