John Perry Barlow, a co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) died yesterday. Many of us haven’t had the opportunity to meet him, but it would have been difficult in our business to avoid being touched by some aspect of his work. His diverse accomplishments suggest that he was an extremely curious, intelligent, sensitive, and energetic individual.
For decades he was influential across a number of dimensions of Internet evolution.
His work and that of the EFF have been valuable risk management enablers for decades.
In addition, Mr. Barlow shared some guidance on adult behavior that seems like excellent input for anyone engaged in or hoping to join Financial Services risk management. In the presence of a diverse spectrum of pressures we all work within, and under a non-stop rain of security product/service marketing, it is easy to get overly-focused on technology and process. While they are essential, they are also insufficient. Global Financial Services enterprises are complex, dynamic entities that — for long term success — seem to require those of us in information security & risk management strive to exhibit the behaviors that are succinctly summarized in Barlow’s Principles, and to be called out by our peers when we fail. Make some time to read them.
Barlow’s “Principles of Adult Behavior”
John Perry Barlow:
EFF Background: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_Frontier_Foundation
Barlow’s still thought provoking 1996 “A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace:”