Jiu-Jitsu Principles in Security Awareness Training: A DevOps Engineer’s Perspective

By Daniella Balaban
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As I approach my second anniversary of practicing Jiu-Jitsu, I find myself reflecting on the profound insights and joy this journey has brought me. Two years ago, I was fortunate enough to discover my dojo, Karate Spirit, led by Sensei Reuben Saraph, a master with extensive experience in both traditional karate and Gracie Jiu-Jitsu. Alongside this discovery came a wealth of new friendships and a sense of belonging to a community bonded by the pursuit of martial arts excellence.

A DevOps Engineer's Perspective

Jiu-Jitsu, much like security awareness training, is a journey of artistry that transcends mere physical practice. It’s a process that unfolds over years, even decades, requiring the synchronization of mind and body. The ability to instinctively react, to read and respond to an opponent without conscious thought, is the hallmark of a seasoned practitioner. This level of mastery is not achieved overnight but is cultivated through relentless practice and a willingness to embrace failure as part of the learning process.

In many ways, the principles of Jiu-Jitsu parallel the journey of Security Awareness Training. Just as in Jiu-Jitsu, where practitioners must train their minds and bodies to react instinctively, Security Awareness Training equips individuals with the knowledge and skills to detect and respond to cyber threats intuitively.

With hundreds of techniques to master, Jiu-Jitsu is undeniably complex. It demands patience, strategy, and the ability to exploit an opponent’s weaknesses while defending against their attacks. Similarly, Security Awareness Training provides individuals with a toolkit of strategies and best practices to mitigate cyber risks, whether it’s recognizing phishing attempts or safeguarding sensitive information.

Yet, amidst this complexity lies a profound beauty—the beauty of awareness and readiness. Through my Jiu-Jitsu practice, I have gained a heightened sense of control and preparedness, knowing that I possess the tools to confront adversity, should it arise. Similarly, Security Awareness Training instills a sense of empowerment, arming individuals with the knowledge and confidence to navigate the digital landscape securely.

Reflecting on my journey, I am reminded of a powerful statement by our CEO and Co-founder, Mike Polatsek: “For us at Cybeready, readiness is a way of life.” This mantra, ingrained in the ethos of our company, CybeReady, took on new meaning for me as I navigated my first encounter with a real phishing attack.

The adrenaline rush, the shock—I experienced it all when faced with that first phishing email. Yet, thanks to the training and simulations I encountered as a DevOps engineer at Cybeready, I was prepared. Just as in Jiu-Jitsu, where the dojo serves as a safe space to fail and learn, Cybeready equipped me with the discipline and discernment needed to detect and mitigate cyber threats effectively.

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