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On ‘paranoia’ – revisiting “Paid to be paraoid”

Posted by Anton Aylward

My fellow CISSP and author Walter Jon  Williams observed that

Paranoia is not a part of any mindset. It is an illness.

Ah, Walter the literalist!

Yes I agree with what you say but look at it this way

"We're paid to be paranoid" doesn't mean we're ill.
It's a job.

Now if your job is an obsession, one you take home with you and it interferes with your family life, that you can't let go, then its an illness whatever it is.

"We're paid to be paranoid"

Its a job. You don't pay us Information Security Professionals to be pollyannas, to have a relaxed attitude.

Warning – they are out to get you.

Posted by Anton Aylward

McAfee has released a new study on malware in cars:
http://www.mcafee.com/autoreport

Now you may think that this is scaremongering on the part of McAfee because their traditional market is drying up. Not so, this is actually a threat we have been aware of or nearly half a century:

http://www.amazon.com/four-weekend-Belmont-Science-Fiction/dp/B0007FCDJY/ref=sr_1_8?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1315499979&sr=1-8