Vale Atque Ave

Well, it's been a good run.

Network World has decided to shut down the Security Strategies newsletter, so after writing and posting over 1,200 articles here over the last 11 years since February 2000, I must say farewell - but not forever.

I've made a point of treating the column as an educational venture rather than a news source; apparently the idea worked, since we went from 16,000 subscribers in 2000 to over 55,000 some years ago. Another idea, strongly supported by the editors - first Jeff Caruso, then Ryan Francis, both of whom have been wonderful colleagues and friends - was to invite others to submit articles for publication. Since I've been editing technical work since 1970, the combination of researching and writing my own stuff plus being able to edit colleagues (and students') material has been a real treat for me. As far as we can determine, readers liked the combination too.

With the exception of a celebrated recent goof earlier this year - that we avoid providing URLs for - that led to making "kabay idiot" a popular term in search engines, we've avoided scandal and bloopers quite successfully over the years. I put this record down to excellent editorial supervision and the practice of (usually) checking with anyone about which we were writing before publishing articles. Articles were almost never published with any deadline; we just worked on them until they seemed ready.

Another feature of the column was that I made it a stylistic point to provide references for pretty well any substantive assertion, whether written by me or by guest authors. The goal of such references was to ensure that readers could (a) learn more about a subject and (b) see for themselves if they agreed with the author(s)' analysis or summary.

I also liked puns and tried to make the titles as punny and funny as possible - sometimes to the distress of the editors. Trying to sneak these by was always fun for me but possibly less fun for the people trying to satisfy their managers. Sorry, guys, for any hassles I caused you!

In Rome, 2,000 years ago, people would say "Ave" as the equivalent of "Hello" and "Vale" for "Farewell." "Ave atque vale" was written by Catullus in a valedictory poem on the death of his brother: he wished his brother eternal greetings and best wishes.

My new home is called "InfoSec Perception" and is being run by the nice folks at InfoSec Reviews in England. Except for having to switch to U.K. spelling (not hard for a former Canadian), the content will be in exactly the same style as what you have become used to here.

Sincere thanks to all of you for your support, and vale atque ave!


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