Guess or Know?

by kriggins on March 7, 2012

in Uncategorized

Stanford, and other colleges, have started offering some courses online for free. You can see one such portal here. I have started one and a couple others are starting soon. Very good stuff.

Anywho, Several of us were talking on Twitter this morning about a couple of them and the following exchange occurred.

That got me to thinking a little bit about guessing and keeping quiet.

How often in our efforts as security professionals do we guess we know something and don't ask a question?

How often do we assume somebody else knows something and don't offer a comment or provide information?

I know that I have been guilty of both on more occasions than I can count and will be guilty of both many more times in the future.

However, I'm going to work on getting better. Like my tweet above says, it's better to know than to guess.

Which brings up another point. Please folks, don't get offended or snotty when somebody tells you something you already know. That's just rude, particularly, when they have your best interests in mind.

What do you think?


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

LonerVamp March 8, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Agree! I think the situation of assuming or guessing (either that you know something or someone else knows something) happens pretty much constantly. You never know what you might learn or share by saying something (even something seemingly obvious) or friends you might suddenly make!

Good ol’ psychological conditioning…rude response to a helpful comment, repeated a few times, will pretty much ensure said responses will cease.


kriggins March 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm

Thanks for the comment Loner. Obviously, I agree with you 100% 🙂 You note about psychological conditioning and is an interesting one too.


ITauditSecurity May 5, 2012 at 7:12 am

I think that’s just human nature, not just security pros. However, I’ve found that ‘normal’ people (aka users) expect security pros to be all-knowing, never fooled, and the brightest of the bunch (and we usually are :). That leads to not wanting to look like a fool in front of others, especially in public, and particularly on social media. Besides, we’re the smart ones, so we KNOW.

I ask questions all the time, and I walk away with what I need to know instead of what I think I know. Asking questions, especially stupid ones we should know the answers to, has more to do with courage and humility than knowledge…


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