day 2786: Dwell Time

“Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends.”

In the Cyber Security world the time a piece of technology or software is compromised is called “Dwell Time”.  For example, if there was hole in the security and someone was stealing data, we’d go back and see when it began and then count backwards from now and those amount of hours, days, weeks, months or even years would be the dwell time.  Once the breach is discovered the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that Europe requires, a company or organization must reveal that breach within 72 hours of knowing about it. This negates the instances we have seen where companies have known for months and months before they share with their customers or consumers.  Dwell Time is a terrible thing, but covering up or trying to deflect or diffuse without disclosure is worse.  It’s a good reminder that time and transparency are both the key levers to successful crisis management, or not.

We each experience our own “dwell time” consequences.  Too many times we let an unkind word or action, or worse, go by without apologizing or rectifying the situation.  While we may have long forgotten about it, the person on the other end can still be dwelling on it.  It is up to us to remain sensitive, aware and quick to resolve what needs to be resolved.

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Reference:  Proverbs 17:9 (New Living Translation)