A looooooong time ago, Leeann asked me to write a post about blogging about internal audit, so here goes. Most of this post applies to blogging on any subject, too.
First of all, there is a dearth of good internal audit blogs, and even less good IT audit blogs. So if you’re thinking about, we sure could use you in the blogsphere!
Writing a blog is hard work, and you often get tired of it. Life finds a way to get in the way. This is my 11th year of the blog (see the first post here), which, ironically, was written by skyyler. Fortunately, we’ve gotten better since that first year.
Blogging about internal audit is like a moon shining in a dark place… here’s my 10 tips…
Filed under Audit, Blogging
Have you ever wondered why I selected the picture above to represent my blog?
This picture illustrates so many aspects and nuances of this blog’s theme.
Here’s your chance to put on your thinking cap, and based on what skyyler and I have written about over the years, tell me what YOU think it represents.
As the comments roll in, we’ll comment on them.
Then, after a few weeks, I’ll peel back my brain and give you a peek inside as to what my reasons were.
Not sure how many of you will take me up on the challenge, but here goes…
As we all know, too few good IT audit blogs exist.
So it’s exciting when a new one is launched that shows promise.
Trend Micro’s Dave Asprey has posted 10 reasons not to virtualize.
I generally disagree with all of them (as I’ll explain later), but I think he missed the REAL #1 reason not to virtualize…
Using great titles and intro sentences are so critical to the success of your blog. Not only do they grab the attention of your reader, great titles and introductory sentences seduce search engines like Google into sending you even more readers.
I left what I considered a thoughtful comment on another security blog, but my comment was deleted. Denied. Ignored.
Read about what happened in Creating a Culture of Security and my thoughts about it, which I added at the end of that post.
Ever had a similar experience? Think I got carried away? Afraid to leave a comment of your own? Let me know about it here.
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Top 5 Posts
Here’s the top 5 posts between January and June, 2010. If you missed one of these posts, you might want to check it out.
Teach Yourself ACL
This post about Audit Command Language (ACL) software gets twice as many hits as any other post. If you want to know why this bothers me, see the January 2010 review.
PWC Resignation Letter
The popularity of this one really surprised me. But then again, it’s funny, sad, and really hits home if you’re an auditor (or a recovering one).
Top 10 Pay-Boosting Tech Certifications
In addition to the list published by Dice, I added some comments, and describe how the CISSP has affected my salary.
Matasano Security has released an upgrade to Flint, a FREE web application that examines firewall configurations. “Flint examines firewalls, quickly computes the effect of all the configuration rules, and then spots problems.”
According to Matasano, once you upload a firewall configuration, Flint:
Filed under Free, Security
If you’re a blogger, have you saved your blog lately?
WordPress makes it easy. Here’s how to do it if you have a free blog:
Thanks to TycoonBlogger (my favorite “blogging” blogger), I finally know what this blog is about.
Based on his Find out your blog’s personality type post, I found and ran the Typealyzer tool against my blog. It analyzes a blog and provides its Myers- Briggs Type. Here’s what it said about this blog:
The analysis indicates that the author of https://itauditsecurity.wordpress.com/ is of the type:
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