A comic strip about the behaviors of software and human beings.
This is a preview of the first two issues of Earnest, a web comic strip about the behaviors of software and human beings.
Earnest is about our strengths and foibles, but also about the human creation that quickly has become a critical pillar in our life, cutting across almost every aspect of global, national, social and economic function. And software, as David Rice so perfectly put it, "as a human creation it is subject to the strengths and foibles of humanity". Today, the understanding of how humans behave, from an economic and psychological perspective, is key to holistically address the security challenges and make the software the new foundation our society can rely on.
Hence, it would be not too much to say that software security is an earnest request. Security practitioners are in earnest when they speak to colleagues, vendors, decision makers and users about how our businesses are at stake. But our security initiatives last only when misaligned, distorted or ineffectual incentives do not wash them away. At the same time, computer programs are in real earnest when they manifest a fault, glitch or error that can jeopardize our security. They are behaving according to how our defective computing creations allowed them to behave, and not has they were meant to behave.
At the intersection of earnest and levity, this comic strip tries to tell us about stories and challenges in software security. If you believe it is worth a read, the strip will appear in my forthcoming posts about software security and related topics.
So, have you enjoyed the preview? Do you want to read more? I hope so and, as always, I very welcome your feedback. And if you are willing to discover something more about these characters, this preview will be an earnest of what is to follow.