Buddhist approach to IT security
Buddhism teaches 4 noble truths:
- Dukkha. The truth of suffering. Accepting that all life is impermanent and imperfect, and that it involves suffering (frustration or dissatisfaction).
- Samudaya. The truth of the origin of suffering. Knowing that there are things in life that cause suffering, for example desire, which is the need for things to be a certain way.
- Nirodha. The truth of the end of suffering. Understanding that suffering can be ended if we detach ourselves from craving and desire.
- Magga. The truth of the path to the end of suffering. Knowing that there is a way to end suffering: the Noble Eightfold Path.
Here at Hidden Agenda Ltd, we map the 4 Noble Truths to how we approach securing IT systems:
- As humans are imperfect beings, the things they create therefore are going to be imperfect.
- The desire for perfection is to desire for the unobtainable; as in life, as in IT security.
- Once we understand that there is a risk in everything do, weighing up the risk versus reward and being content with our choices.
- There are steps that can be taken that remove almost but not all of the risk.
In Buddhism the Magga are eight steps broken down into three headings: ethics, meditation and wisdom.
In this respect Hidden Agenda Ltd follows these 8 steps both to inform us of the clients we will work for and how we go about our business once engaged.
- Taking the right action, behaving in a skillful way and not harming others.
- Speaking truthfully
- Earning a living in a way that doesn’t cause harm or suffering to others
As we adhere to the above “ethics”, we don’t take engagements from those that don’t meet our own expectations.
The following is both for completeness and also to get an understanding of how we work.
- being aware of your and others emotions
- putting effort into positive emotions
- developing focus
- understanding, actions have consequences.
- good intentions
This the philosophy that we follow. Please get in touch if you would like to engage us.