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I had an English
Teacher in  High School that was big on
Etymology.  If you aren't familiar with
Etymology, its history of how certain words came to be. What I like about
Etymology is the stories behind certain words. 
This teacher was one the few teachers I actually liked in High School,
and I hated English classes so I guess that says a lot.  One word, and one his lessons has always
stuck with me.  That word in
Sincere.  Sincere is from the Latin words
Sin Cera.  In Latin Sin is “without” and
Cera is “wax”.

The story of Sin
Cera dates back to ancient Roman times. 
The artistry from that time period was seen in statues and ornate marble
pillars.  What was significant about that
time period is that artists were appreciated for their perfection.  An apprentice could work for most of their
life in a specific craft, trade, or artistry…they’d only do that one
thing.  An apprentice might spend years
learning how to pick the right type of marble, or they'd spend years learning
how to carve a specific type of statue, or spend years learning how to polish a
statue.  The best artists were PERFECT.

Whats interesting
about the best artists from Roman Times and the ones that sculpted Marble is
that they embodied perfection in their craft. 
They would carve perfect sculptures or perfect marble pillars. 

For All the other
artists trying to make a name for themselves, who cut corners in their trade
and lacked experience used wax to cover their mistakes.  They would use wax to fill holes, cracks and
mistakes.  The nice thing about wax is it
could be smoothed and polished to look like marble.  It could be plastered over and it could be
painted over.  For most buyers they could
not determine which was artificial Sin Cera or with out wax.  And in some cases they’d never know until the
artist was long gone. 

Today when we say we
are Sincere, it generally means we’re honest. 
But origins of Sincere also means you are without wax and perfect in
your craft.

The reason I bring
this up, it seems to be relevant as of late. 
I see more folks and companies trying to capitalize on the Security
market.  I understand the push, it’s
capitalism in full-swing.  However, I see
folks working in the security space who are really confused and are granted
trust because of a title, position, or certification.  If you are in Security as a buyer or
supplier, whether inside your own company or a third party…and you claim to do
security, you need to actually do it. 
Let me clarify what I mean by that.

What I mean by that
is you have an obligation to continuously learn because the threat landscape is
constantly shifting. 

I realize every
subject matter expert started with 0 experience.  But what makes someone sincere in their craft
isn’t the fact they have a job in the field, it’s the fact they’re a student of
the craft and continually strive to be perfect. 
This means always learning and helping others bridge the security
knowledge gap. This means you can’t just dabble in security, it’s not a bullet
item on a website or on a resume.  We can
do this, but we all have to put in the work and make everyone better.

We have an
obligation to get this right, if not for us then for the future generation so
they have a solid foundation to make things better.

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