Years ago, while consulting on a project to make significant upgrades to a law firm’s core cybersecurity infrastructure, something happened that has stayed with me. During one of our final meetings, as the office administrator and I wrapped up our planning for the project, an older partner stepped into the room. Seeing our efforts, he scoffed and said that his 20-year-old car was still perfectly capable of driving on the freeway. If he hasn’t needed to replace his vehicle in that long, why, he asked, do we need to upgrade our cybersecurity infrastructure? He then promptly left the meeting, presumably to jump in the aforementioned vehicle, and lost the opportunity to hear the rest of the discussion.
A few years later, at a different firm, I found myself in a similar discussion with a managing partner. When he said, “I purchased antivirus software several years ago and that’s all we need,” I immediately thought of the car metaphor used by the older partner so many years ago.
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