[New Book] Firewall: A Brief Guide to Building a Resilient Life

Life is hard. Not only that, it’s hard in different ways for different people. Life changes, ebbs and flows, and throws you curveballs from time to time. Not everyone will go through the same problems or be faced with the same stumbling blocks along the way. That’s why it’s hard to build a single roadmap of success that fits everyone.

But, what if rather than trying to find a one-size-fits-all system, you learned how to design a process that works for your specific situation? What if you had tools and techniques that allowed you to respond and adapt to the inevitable changes that come your way?

The information security world is notorious for being an environment that is fast-paced and always changing. Nothing ever stands still and new threats are looming around every corner. This brings unique challenges when looking at how to keep information systems up and running, but most importantly - adaptable and secure. We spend our days continually thinking about how to establish policies and implement controls that will keep our systems and users safe. We manage inventories, watch for anomalies, update and upgrade systems, and respond to potential threats on a daily basis. In other words, ours is an industry of risk management and continual adaptation to adversity.

The interesting connection here is that these are some of the same process problems and situations that we face in our personal lives.

Luckily, the information security industry has established several frameworks to help guide us in building a robust security program. One of my favorite frameworks is from the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST). The NIST Cybersecurity Framework breaks the risk management lifecycle down into the following functions: Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond, and Recover.

It is my belief that this framework and its techniques can be applied to our personal lives to help us manage risk, reduce anxiety and achieve the goals we set for ourselves.

So, I set out to bring the worlds of information security and personal development together. The result is a new book titled: Firewall: A brief guide to building a resilient life. How to create a personal framework to manage risk, adapt to adversity, and achieve personal greatness.

In this short book, I will walk you through the five functions of the NIST framework and show you how they can be used to help you build a resilient life.

I’ll be honest, if you choose to engage and follow the exercises provided, it will be a lot of work. But, by the end of this book, you will have:

  • Defined list of assets that are important to you.
  • Established the priority of your assets and understand why they are important to you.
  • Explored the major defining moments in your life and unearthed the lessons that lay buried within them.
  • Built a list of guiding principles to live by.
  • Outlined a plan to protect the things that are the most important to you.
  • Thought through recovery plans for when things go wrong.
  • Set goals for your life.
  • Established a cadence of record-keeping and reviews that help you stay on track as you work toward your goals.
  • Learned how to respond and recover when life goes off track.
  • Unearthed lessons from major events in your life.

The best part about this release is that I’m offering this book for FREE. It is my little gift to the world. I have provided copies of the book in the following formats: PDF, epub, and mobi. Feel free to grab any version you need.

My hope is that if you choose to read it and follow the exercises outlined in each chapter, that it will give you a firm foundation from which you can build a great life. I can’t promise that the tenants in this book will save you from future problems, but I hope that the principles illustrated within its pages will help you adapt and respond a little more efficiently.

You can download your copy of the manuscript on the Books page.

If you have any questions about the book, have found its contents helpful, or would like to discuss the principles outlined any further, I would love to hear from you.

I wish you all the best and I hope you enjoy the book.