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Vision:

Our vision is that the common (wo)man will grasp the power of security and privacy, understand the necessity for common sense security measures in today’s society and subsequently implement common sense security measures in their life, business and community. 

Mission:

Our mission is to communicate security and privacy theory, thought process and solution options to the general population for personal and business needs.

Strategy:

To accomplish our vision and mission the organization will seek to communicate security and privacy theory, practice and the importance and necessity of common sense security through the use of mass-media options. The primary method of communication will utilize blogging technology on this site, accompanied by email communications, group speaking engagements and consulting efforts.

Our Philosophy:

Benjamin Franklin has been quoted as saying “He who would trade liberty for some temporary security, deserves neither liberty nor security.” (note: there are many derivatives of this statement and it is understood that he believed in it so fervently that he said it many ways.) This statement was made from a position of concern that his fellow countrymen were giving away their liberties for security. By making this statement he was encouraging his fellow countrymen to master the security, not to let security be the master.

At Common Sense Security we believe that you can be and should be the master of your security environment. Our goal at Common Sense Security is to teach you about security concepts in general, IT Security and Privacy specifically and the regulations and laws that are being enacted to govern the subject. The end result is that you can make informed and educated decisions in your life, business and other situations.

In seeking to teach you about security we will convey in a clear and concise manner the need for common sense application of security measures to protect people, places, and property. We will point out the inconsistencies, bureaucratic hoops and sometimes stupidity that people and businesses employ in the name of regulatory compliance, control or otherwise security. We will work to point out what really works and what is just the fluff. Our hope is that we can educate you on the proper employment of security measures so that you, as the consumer, business owner or employee can employ what is right and proper, not what is just being done because someone said that was a good idea.

Despite our belief that sometimes people make poor security choices, make no mistake we believe in security. We believe that it can be an effective tool to prevent all sorts of nefarious activities such as terrorism, general crime, identity theft, protect civil liberties, protect our borders, and prevent general mayhem, but only if used correctly.

Our History:

Our lead consultant, Mark A. Houpt started CommonSenseSecurity.net after departing an employer in 2014. The people he worked with daily wanted to stay in contact and continue to learn about security and privacy theory and how to employ that security in common sense manner. This is the result.

A few years prior to this catalyst event, Mark had the opportunity to be the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Lincoln Christian University (LCU). As with any job he took the opportunity to not only employ the skills he possessed but also learn new skills. As the CTO of a small University, one must at times get creative with staffing and thus out of necessity was birthed the desire to teach and educate. When times were tight at the school Mark employed a series of “student workers.” Most did not previously have technology skills or a background in professional IT matters, instead presenting on their resume the use of Facebook, Twitter and smartphones as their experience. Instead of tossing these resumes out Mark saw an opportunity and began to teach and demonstrate the practical use of technology in a professional environment to these students. Also during this time, Mark had the opportunity to formally teach University level courses to students (mostly adults) that were struggling with basic computer skills. Through this “Introduction to Windows and Computing” course at LCU he realized that he had the patience and ability to deliver complex technical matters in a manner that the general populace “got it.” Many of these students had come to school not knowing what they were going to do after graduation and today some of them are IT professionals, including serving in cyber defense units within the military, systems administrators and IT project managers in large corporations. CommonSenseSecurity.net simply carries on this effort.

Last Updated: 10/18/2017

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