Auditors. We’re an odd breed. “A necessary pain in the tuchus,” some may say. Admittedly, we’re not everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, in our 20+ years of experience, we’ve seen the word “auditor” invite various visceral responses. To be sure, organizations aren’t always enthusiastic about inviting us assessors in to do the requisite checks, despite the benefits of doing so (and despite being invited guests).
If you’ve ever skied before, you might know that anything can happen on a mountain. It might be your first time on the slopes or you might have traversed a certain run hundreds of times, but all it takes is a little loose powder, a wayward stick, or even another skier in your way to have you eating snow and nursing bruises.
If you’re a parent, you’ve likely had the debate in the car with your young kids—they want to stop for McDonalds and you tell them, “we’ve got food at home.” From their perspective, they want what they want, but from yours, you understand you’ve already made an investment in perfectly good food at the grocery store, and you’re not about to spend any more money that you don’t have to.
Ever seen those jugglers that manage to balance multiple spinning plates at the same time? As impressive as it is, you figure you’d be happy to spin just the one plate successfully. For cloud service providers (CSPs), you have lots of different proverbial compliance “plates” to choose to channel your effort into—the trick is knowing the differences and which is best for you.
If you remember Larry King, you might know that during his time at CNN he became a legendary interviewer, having spoken with politicians, celebrities, athletes, and royalty all during his tenure.
Whenever anyone considers an Internet search, the first thought is generally Google. That’s the big name that everyone uses. It’s works similarly in most other industries—if there’s not one, there’s a few big players that occur to people before any others.
Do you remember the children’s game Telephone? The one where we passed a message from the creator to an endpoint, relying on others within the game to get the message to the finish line completely intact?