Mental Models for Cyber Defense - Part 1 of 3


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Why does this series matters to you?

  • Mental models (how to decide) are necessary for effective Cyber Security (not just what to buy or implement).

  • Cyber Security without strategies is sub-optimal (think Sun Tze Art of War).

  • Attack Surface management is a priority because it is something within your control.

Mental Models: Why they matter?

🧠 A mental model is simply a representation of how something works. We cannot keep all the details of the world in our brains, so we use models to simplify the complex into understandable and organizable chunks. -

What is Cyber Defense? How is it different from Cyber Security? Cyber Defense is about the strategy (of what matters & why) employed to disrupt attacks, while Cyber Security focuses on how (tactically) to protect your network from threats. Strategies & Tactics are two sides of the same coin. Let’s dissect Cyber Defense with a First Principle mentality.

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