I'm 3 and...

Here's a very quick note about compliance and governance & a great kid story for a Friday after a pretty wild week.


Just a note of lexicography.  We're putting together a framework
for Governance for Cloud Computing.  Governance includes security,
privacy, audit etc.-- all the stuff that helps a customer understand
what to expect & how to make their choices so that they are not
surprised when the system doesn't act with perfection and zero error or,
alternatively, when the system bombs out because its beta and clearly
untested.


Compliance
should be distinguished from Governance.  They are not synonymous. 
Compliance is a subsection of governance where we adhere to existing
and known laws (including those private 'laws' called policy). 
Governance is the art of providing enough protection to meet customer
expectation and anticipate new models/ uses/ risks that may have yet to
be regulated. 


The non-secret to all of this is to allow for as much
transparency as possible.  This leads to the way you license stuff,
open technologies, stds, etc.  The who what why when & where.


Which leads me to my kid story du jour:


We
put  Sweet Cheeks up on ski's for the first time.  She was so darn cute in her ski suit & helmet  that we had trouble actually walking
anywhere without someone stopping us to tell me how cute she is-- I
know, it's transparent for all to see.


We arrived at ski school
& the rules/ policies are that the child must be 3 & must be
potty trained.  We explained these rules to Sweet Cheeks as incentive
for training exercises that have been vigorously applied over the last
several months.  (When one uses the expression to "take S\*\*\* from
someone, I know from whence they speak, but that's another story...)


Sweet cheeks wastes no time, marches up to the registration desk and announces, "I'm 3 and I am wearing panties."


All I could add was, "I'm 40 & I am too."  Policy requirements met, skiing ensued.


Transparency.  It's a good thing.


Happy weekend & happy March Madness all. 








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