Spoiled with so many good contributors to absorb from the PeepSec week!

peepsec Jun 16, 2019

Wow, what a fantastic experience to have presented some of the insights learned over the past decade of working with people. I feel like we have been spoiled with so many good contributors to absorb from the PeepSec week!

Head on over here to watch the interviews from the week. 

https://www.peepsec.com/live/

In this discussion hosted by CybSafe’s CEO & Founder, Oz Alashe, people and change expert Marilise de Villiers identifies some of the important issues facing cybersecurity executives today. Do people have a false sense of security? Should we stop relying on people’s motivation to do the right thing? Are security professionals still viewed as ‘policemen’? Join this interview to find out!

#peepsec19 #securityawareness #securityculture #womeninsecurity #humancentricsecurity #peepsec #securitybehaviour

And here is my interview ... https://peepsec.com/marilise-de-villiers/

About Marilise

Marilise is the Founder and Director of Marilise de...

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Is it as simple as give and take?

I was having coffee with a friend, we were catching up on life...

"There are only two types of people in this world', she said, 'the 'givers' and the 'takers'". At the time I hadn't made the distinction, but now that I know what I know, I'm seldom surprised when I come into contact with both characters. In life and in business.

I recently discovered a book by Adam Grant, called Give and Take, which has been such an inspirational read for me, the insight he shares based on his research sets out his findings in a very clear way, he talks about how givers are usually the top performers in business, however when they don't take care of themselves and burnout they become the lowest performers. It got me thinking about my environment and where the givers and takers are and I found myself questioning where I fitted into the continuum as a high performer.

As I see it, the 'takers' of the world, are those who are unable to see past themselves and help or support others and only do...

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PeepSec 2019 is happening next week ! 10-14th June

peepsec Jun 06, 2019
 

I am so excited about PeepSec, a FREE, 100% ONLINE SUMMIT for Tech Week, is happening next week, 10-14th June, all about the opportunities and issues born from the interactions between PEOPLE and TECHNOLOGY. 

Oz Alashe CEO & Founder at CybSafe, interviews over 25 great security minds on this subject and we will be coming to you next week to discuss the future.

I love the opening quote in the ad ... you can't plan for the future without first knowing about the future ... 

Here is a photo of my INTERVIEW with Oz, this week will bring a new awareness about our opportunities and challenges in the Tech industry, don't miss it!

In the interview, I talk about the importance of focusing on people and culture to protect organisations against cyber attacks. It is essential that we move away from a tactical to strategic approaches ensuring that we as security professionals are invited to the table where decisions are made about...

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Standing on the platform ...

It was a Monday morning and I was lost in thought as I stood on the platform waiting for my train to arrive. Reflecting back to how I felt a few months earlier when my stress levels were through the roof and all I could think about was how I was going to handle yet another day where I would be made to feel inadequate ...

How different things were for me now ... 

I had learned that life was teaching me how to be more resilient ...

I had started to view my days as experiences that would shape and form me into a better stronger and more determined leader. I was starting to take back my power and view myself as strong, a force to be reckoned with and someone who was an excellent role model, as someone who delivered despite difficult circumstances. 

'I am a strong, motivated and driven woman' I would tell myself, I made sure I headed into each day with a positive mindset having decided who I wanted to be, how I wanted to be perceived and how I would manage challenges that...

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This is what changed for me ...

I've been sharing my thoughts and experiences in blogs over the past couple of months and as a result, have had the opportunity to connect with so many of you over difficult situations at work ...

Thank you for sharing your stories and for completing my survey !!

Your support means the world ... and I know that together we can change things.

I thought at this point it would be a good thing to put things in perspective and share more of the backstory about my journey to high performance.

Read more in my REIGNITING YOUR PURPOSE eBook, get access below.

A few years ago, I was broken.

No one knew what was really happening to me.

I was a cybersecurity professional struggling to come to terms with the very hostile and toxic work culture I found myself facing.

I was working hard to manage my team and deliver to the business in a very challenging work environment and becoming more and more conscious that I was doing all this in order to provide the best for my...

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Letting go of the narcissist ...

I will never forget the series of text messages from someone I regarded as a friend, messages that were so brief, impersonal and direct they made me angry. Angry because I valued the friendship and they left me feeling like a junior member of her team, they were functional and direct, 'just the way I operate' is what I was told, when I challenged her. She went on to say that 'people appreciate my direct approach ... at work' ... and therein lies the rub. Very difficult to behave like that to people above you at work but somehow it's ok to insult someone you regard as an equal or junior. 

In thinking the scenario through I realised that when we start our careers and learn how to communicate in the workplace more often than not, the way we are treated, spoken to and dealt with sets the groundwork for narcissistic behaviour in many of us, the challenge is in choosing a different path that is inclusive and builds people up rather than breaks them down.

When faced with a...

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The never ending discussion ... winner VS loser trap ...

As humans, we have a build in need to prove ourselves right! 

My experience has taught me how to listen and filter out noise, its taken time but now that I know what I know, there isn't space in the workplace for leaders who operate based on the typical 'winner VS loser' trap. 

Let me paint a picture ...

Think about how we automatically view the person who changes their mind in a meeting. The question is do you take on board their argument and think, yes that's a good argument? Or do you think OH my, here we go?

You know, that annoying habit where we argue for the sake of arguing just to prove ourselves right? And then we continue even though others have agreed with us and are ready to move on to the next point ... oh my, here we go again ...

This need, this drive exists in all of us. 

The issue is that human pride and ego take over when we publicly commit ourselves to a course of action. Rather than feel like its ok to review our actions in...

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Take time to reframe

I remember feeling so incredibly excited about going on holiday a few years ago.

I always look forward to having a break but this time I really needed it. I felt shattered on every level and I felt I needed to recoup some family time as I had been working long hours, I was very stressed and my relationship with Heinie and the boys was taking second place to work, the realisation that I had let things slide as far was painful, to say the least.

So we decided to take the boys to Greece and catch up on family time in the sun, swimming in the sea, enjoying the gorgeous scenery, lovely food and I finally gave myself permission to breathe. Making this time my priority gave us time to reconnect as a family and it turned out to be one of the best holidays of my life. 

I then went back to SA for my sister's wedding which was such a special time, not only did I see her walk down the aisle and catch up with family, it was a restorative time for me spending time at home with my folks...

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Blue Broccoli and Nanobots: Awesome ideas for future careers

amazing life May 01, 2019
 
I was so inspired when I stumbled across the opportunity to invest in this children's book that shows girls can do anything, from neurosurgeon to intelligence analyst, web developer to aerospace engineer. Created by, Bryony Mathew
 
This book touched me on so many levels that I thought I would share this with you, the main aim of the book is to empower young girls to believe they can be anything they want to be. 
 
It was around the time of my PWC Alumni talk that I stumbled across this opportunity. My talk was all about completing the human firewall and it occurred to me that we must teach our children from a young age that they can do and be anything they want to be and doing what we can, to encourage and educate them. 

In today's society, girls are conditioned to be 'perfect' and boys are conditioned to be 'brave' - the book aims to dispel some of those early myths which appealed to me. Plus the characters are...
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Walking the proverbial tightrope ...

The performance of a trapeze artist is simply mesmerising for me, I love watching them swing from side to side, trusting their ability to perform and of course their partner's ability to catch them as they let go of the swing. OMG, it makes my heart skip a beat. A sharp intake of breath and a huge relief when they catch each other's arms again. 

Then watching tight rope walkers ...

OK let me reframe - I just can't watch!

Even though I know there is a net ready to catch them if they fall, I just feel butterflies in the pit of my stomach and I find myself gritting my teeth and feeling a rush of adrenaline and fear. This is not something I would ever do! 

It is no surprise then that working in a challenging environment where I felt like I was in a continual state of 'walking a tight rope' was so incredibly damaging to me.

The continual drain on my energy looking beyond the horizon to try and see the bigger picture rather than focus on the rope I was trying...

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