About Nathaniel Crocker

Nathaniel (Rushfinn) Crocker is the CIO and co-founder of the Crocker Institute, a benefit corporation in South Carolina dedicated to helping organizations meet their mission through Enterprise Architecture and Program Evaluation. He is passionate about cybersecurity and protecting our online identities. You can reach him at Nathaniel@CrockerInstitute.org

Presenting Tech To Decision Makers: Be Bold, Be Brief, Be Gone….

The KISS principle is the essence of good communication – Keep It Simple, Stupid! This admonishment always refers to the presenter. Encapsulate the essence of your idea into a clear and simple message. Simple is all about intent. Don’t sacrifice your core message, just lose the extraneous details. Why is simple so important? Retired Brigadier […]

Seven Trends and Predictions for 2017

Seven Trends and Predictions for 2017 In billiards, you must call your shot ahead of time. You don’t get any points for luck. With that in mind, here are my on-the-record predictions for 2017. Trend #1 – Self Driving Cars Self-driving cars, previously existing only in the world of science fiction, are becoming a reality. […]

Hyper-segmentation – How to Avoid Cyber Disasters

There is a new kind of disaster that is currently striking all our agencies—cyber disaster. Unlike natural disasters, man-made disasters are avoidable. Like other man-made disasters, we need to find a way to prevent cyber disasters. While people often think of security as just the tools used to protect the network, it’s not about that […]

Microsegmentation – Secure Your Internal Network

Microsegmentation – Bigger,Better than Segmentation? Microsegmentation like that provided by vendors CISCO and VMware state that traditional perimeter defenses akin to medieval castles walls no longer work. The problem is that threat actors are able to get through the castle gates (firewalls) and once in, are able to evade the castle guards (IPS). Then threat […]

SAMOS – How To Evaluate Disruptive Innovation

Samos is an island in the eastern Aegean Sea, where Pythagoras is thought to have been born in 569 B.C. SAMOS© is also my acronym for Simple– Automatic – Modular – Organic —Synchronous. For thirty years, it has been the guiding principle that helps me determine if a new technology is truly innovative and could disrupt […]