top of page
  • Phil Venables

2020 Short Review

At the risk of being too understated, 2020 was an interesting year. In this blog I’ve covered many topics across the range of strategy and tactics for running enterprise security and risk programs. Below is a word-cloud of those posts from 2020. I think it speaks for itself as to what we’ve focused on all year.


Like all of us, 2020 was a significant time of learning for me.


What I learnt professionally:

  • We are only at the very early stages of the digital transformation of business and the secure transition to the cloud

  • People in all organizations are amazingly adaptable

  • Covid didn’t really drive any new trends even though it felt like it did, it just magnified and accelerated the changes that were already happening

What I learnt personally:

  • When you’re in Hong Kong in January and you realize this whole Covid thing is going to be a big deal before everyone else realizes that, then sell some stock. Although holding through the dip worked out ok......so far

  • Get a stand up desk earlier

  • Kids have had the toughest time of all this year, even if as parents we think we’ve had it pretty tough. I’m amazed at how they’ve dealt with it.


Here’s to 2021.

922 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All

The 80 / 20 Principle 

Ever since I first became familiar with the 80/20 principle, and other circumstances marked by Pareto distributions, I began to see examples of it everywhere. Naturally, I’m particularly biased to obs

Top Ideas and Posts from 2023

Thankfully I managed to keep up the pace of 1 post every 2 weeks throughout 2023. Just when I think I might be running out of ideas, and the backlog of topics is running low, then something always man

Career Development: 13 Formative Moments (Part 2)

The skills for your role and your leadership style build up throughout your career. But I’ve found, personally and in talking to others, that there are also significant formative moments that cause a

bottom of page