About Us | Contact Us
View Cart

Gestalt You

By Dan Hadaway | Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - Leave a Comment

A big company party is coming up and a scrap-booker asked me to write something about our ten year anniversary to put in the last page of her scrapbook.  Ironically, she had said “just take ten minutes and write what comes to your mind about this milestone.”

What was only supposed to take me ten minutes ended up using a good part of my Sunday afternoon.  Granted, I was thinking about it while gardening, but I could have been thinking about something else (such as why all my broccoli seedlings suddenly died).

Then this morning I once again run-up against the risk of keeping a blog (that you don’t add to it regularly).  And woo-who!  A topic for my blog!

But, as it turns out . . . . blogs and scrapbooks are not interchangeable.  For one:  What you put in a scrapbook refers to everything that was in the scrapbook.  Secondly, what I put on this blog about our company making it to our ten year anniversary . . . . it needs to be profound.  It needs to adequately express the gratitude that I and our team feels towards everybody who helped and helps make infotex a success.

So instead, I’m going to take this post into my thoughts on the “gestalt” theory as it applies to information security, risk management, and running a business.  I imagine that most of my readers (as if there are already hundreds of them) are right now scratching their head.  You vaguely remember learning about “the gestalt” while in some easy art or psychology class you took as an elective to get you through your senior year.

illustration

Principle of Totality

You can refresh your memory, if necessary, by knowing that what I’m referring to is “the principle of totality,” to the fact that a system is a group of parts which are combined in a manner to create a whole which is greater than the sum of the parts.  The best way to illustrate this, in my opinion, is to look at the classic illustrations to the left.  Each illustration is merely a set of parts, but the way the parts relate to each other creates a meaningful whole.  It’s the relationship between the parts that does the work of turning them from squiggly black blotches into four distinct “systems.”

My point for bringing this up is that infotex has always worked off a “gestalt” approach to our business.  We see your information security program as a gestalt.  We see that when you change one simple policy, you change the entire system.

Backing up a bit further from the “system” called “information security,” we believe that we are a part of a greater team of professionals dedicated to the mission of managing technology risk.  We firmly live and breathe this belief.  We see “the four corners of the bank” as having equally important team members ranging from board members through management through the technical team to your users to your customers to your vendors.  Academia, clubs, associations, and law enforcement are also members of this team.

You can see this philosophy permeates our approach to our clients.  Heck, we even consider our competitors to be a very important and productive part of this team and thus we often recommend them.

illustration

Change the Relationship, Change the Whole

If you remove the top circle in the figure to the right . . . . or if you even turn it clockwise a few degrees . . . . you completely change the system.  It might make the system better, it might make it worse, but it does indeed completely change the system.  That’s because to change a system, you can only change the relationship between the parts of that system.  To improve a system, improve the relationships it has with other systems, and the relationships between its subsystems.

Whatever parts were in the system we call “infotex,” we made it ten years!  And that is why we are grateful to ALL parties that helped us make it past “the critical first three years” into the rest of our history as a company.

Ten is simply a number.  We hope to be here ten years from now.  But what is important right now is to thank those who have helped us in the past, as well as those who are actively helping us now.

Thank you!!


Posted by:
Dan Hadaway, CISA, CISM
Managing Partner
infotex

Posted in Dan's New Leaf

Related Articles
Latest News
    A new way of helping people “read” new guidance… Look for more in the future! To save you time, we are proud to present “Adam Reads” . . . recorded versions of our Guidance Summaries! Below you can find an embedded player for the audio file. If you are having issues with that working, you […]
    Top 7 Trend Articles of 2022. . .  . . .For ISOs of Small Financial Institutions. Welcome to our annual T7 article:  a list of our favorite trend articles from the past year.  Our intent: help you organize your thoughts as you work through your strategic planning process.  We hope reviewing these articles will help […]
    PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BUSINESS NEWS Dateline: Dayton, IN, July 26, 2022 infotex is proud to announce a new convention sponsorship with the Bluegrass Community Bankers Association. Headquartered in Kentucky, BCBA protects the Kentucky community banking industry through legislative efforts at the State level and in coordination with the ICBA at the national level. […]
    Another awareness poster for YOUR customers (and users).  Now that we have our own employees aware, maybe it’s time to start posting content for our customers! Check out posters.infotex.com for the whole collection! Download the large versions here: Awareness Poster (Portrait) Awareness Poster (Landscape)   You are welcome to print out and distribute this around […]
    While we’re not a news service, we often use current events to comment on trends and our services. This blog is intended to get people thinking about topics and trends in Technology Risk Management, through our article reviews, as well as through original blog articles about current events and our MSSP services (such as our […]
    Today we present a special BONUS awareness poster for YOUR customers (and users).  This update to the April 2022 Awareness Poster takes some cues from the Dan’s New Leaf article: Why Local? Now that we have our own employees aware, maybe it’s time to start posting content for our customers! Check out posters.infotex.com for the […]
    Awareness is 9/11’s of the battle, if we use it! Another one of those Dan’s New Leaf Posts, meant to inspire thought about IT Governance . . . . One of my old college buddies hates banks.  He was turned down for a loan a long time ago and just can’t let go.  I actually […]
    PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SERVICE NEWS Dateline: Dayton, IN, June 22, 2022 We are proud to announce that infotex will now be supporting Endpoint Detection and Response (XDR/MDR)! We can manage/monitor solutions you already have or offer one as part of our service while still maintaining a segregated response posture. In recent years […]
    Over 85 percent of surveyed companies report having no  centralized monitoring of networked industrial devices… An article review. If you are involved in IT within your organization, you’re probably aware of the importance of being able to monitor relevant activity from your networked devices, especially if your organization is involved in healthcare, finance, or government.  […]
    Another awareness poster for YOUR customers (and users).  Now that we have our own employees aware, maybe it’s time to start posting content for our customers! Check out posters.infotex.com for the whole collection! Download the large versions here: Awareness Poster (Portrait) Awareness Poster (Landscape)   You are welcome to print out and distribute this around […]