By Frank Ruelas
At session 206, an unexpected thing happened. There was a particularly small group at the session that was interested in hearing how the use of passwords can help increase the level of security of an IT system. Though the group was small, there were a number of industries represented along with diverse areas of focus.
Despite this diversity, we all shared a common bond and interested which for that hour made us more like a collection of friends rather than the usual “presenter” and “attendee” feel that one can sometimes get at a presentation.
The size of the group and the common interest in the subject matter was more than enough to open the lines communication which provided for all of the attendees to share some of what made their approaches to security unique, but also made us realize that despite our uniqueness we also shared common goals and objectives.
Everyone was not only happy to share but also open to the differences that we also discussed. It took the idea of “compare and contrast” to a new level that I think we all benefited from as we essentially all traded places as the one presenting and those that were in attendance.