I grew up in a small town of about 9000 people. The funny thing about growing up in a Norman Rockwell picture is that everybody knows everybody, everybody knows your business. But, ultimately it means that everybody takes care of you, everybody is your family. Because of that sense of family, you have a feeling that nothing can go wrong, nothing can ever happen to you, nothing can hurt you. You are Superman!
I was the middle child of 3 boys, and as is typical of a middle child I had to prove myself better than my brothers every day, in every way. I remember one day when I was about 9 years old I was riding down the “Big Hill”; my older brother and I were racing, and he was crushing me! As you would expect, there was no way I was going to let him win so I stood up on those pedals and I’d pedaled as fast as I could to catch him.
Now the funny thing about being little and going all out, somehow your hands and feet are magically connected. So, when you’re going as fast as you can pedaling, with each pedal stoke your hands move in concert. Well, before you know it I lost control of the handlebars and I went flying up and over the handlebars off of the bike. I went skidding down the street face first! I came to a full stop some 15 feet later, road rash, cuts, scrapes and gashes up and down the front of my body. I was laying there bleeding from all over the place, head to toe; writhing and screaming in pain, my brother crying and screaming next to me because he thought he killed me! Suddenly, all of these mothers burst through their front doors, running from their houses to see if we were OK. They immediately sprang into action; two picked me up and carried me home, another grabbed my bike and followed, two others consoled my brother and helped him home.
And as all these mom’s helped my mother to clean me up, stopping the bleeding and making Randy, my brother, and I feel “better”, I knew nothing could ever really hurt me because there was always going to be people there to take care of me and protect me. In that moment I knew I WAS SUPERMAN!
Years later I moved to New York City to go to college; Superman had come to Gotham! The world was my oyster; I was a lifeguard as a way to pay for college, I was a tri-athlete and the lead singer in a band. I was young, and vibrant, and strong, and virile; and the Big Apple was my playground. Man, did I have fun!
One day on the subway that I rode to school every day, 4 guys with knives surrounded me. They mugged me and took everything I had; my money, my watch and chain, my backpack – I stood there and took it; I was scared, weak and vulnerable. In that moment, along with my money and valuables, they took my dignity, my pride, my ego, my manhood; they literarily took everything. All of the sudden the world was big and scary, and I was Superman no more.
After college I had an opportunity to take a year off and backpack through Europe. As I travelled around Europe, I lived, worked and played amongst the locals. I got to see how they interacted with one another; how they loved and hated, worked and played. They embraced me into their families, sharing their joys and sorrows, their highs and lows of living and loving. We laughed and cried, fought and played as one. That experience was life changing.
It gave me a perspective about the way the world worked. It taught me about people. It showed me how people treated each other in good times and bad, with love and with animus. And it showed me how subtle changes in responses can dramatically change outcomes. It empowered me with an understanding about the way responses to interactions define the outcome. And I began to feel like the world was not scary any more. It wasn’t big and unwieldy; it was predictable and manageable. This new-found perspective cast a light on the dark corners of the world that gave birth to the monsters in my mind; put there when I was emasculated on that subway train just a couple of years earlier. The world was, again my oyster. Superman was back!
Perspective is a super power. It makes all the difference in the world.
We started Absolute Logic’s cyber security practice because todays’ IT and security companies lack perspective. They see the issues that confront their company or clients within the four corners of the problems that are presented as opposed to the larger picture of what delivering IT and cyber security services is all about. They treat the symptom, not the cause. They apply a band aid, not a cure.
When Absolute Logic takes you on as a new client we step back and gain perspective. We look at your environment and evaluate your risk posture, internally and externally. We assess the attack surface and threat landscape, and measure them against what cyber criminals use to launch their attacks. We look at the industries you operate in to assess the specific threat levels. We look at the way that your customers, employees and technology interact with each other and one another. Then we design solutions that are going to make you more productive, more efficient and, more importantly, safer and more secure.
At Absolute Logic, we protect our clients’ most valuable assets; their information, their clients, their business, their employees and their livelihood. When you become part of the Absolute Logic family we take you in and protect you; we make sure nothing out there can hurt you.
Absolute Logic; perspective makes all the difference.