The Analyst’s Creed

These are my logfiles. There are many like them, but these ones are mine. My logfiles are my best friends. They are my life. I must master them as I must master my life. My logfiles, without me, are useless. Without my logfiles, I am useless. I must comprehend my logfiles’ every word. I must be more vigilant than my enemy who is trying to invade me. I must detect him before he compromises me.

I will…

My network and myself know that what counts in this war is not the products we buy, nor the number of our certifications. We know that it is the detections and investigations that count.

We will detect and investigate…

My network is human, even as I, because it is my life. Thus, I will learn it as a brother. I will learn its weaknesses, its strength, its parts, its accessories, its services and its users. I will assume nothing and verify everything. I will ever guard it against the ravages of opportunistic attack and determined infiltration as I will ever guard my legs, my arms, my eyes and my heart against damage. I will keep my CSIRT trained and ready. We will become part of each other.

We will…

Before $Deity, I swear this creed. My logfiles and myself are the defenders of my enterprise. We are the masters of our enemy. We are the saviors of my life. So be it, until victory is ours and there is no enemy, but peace!

Adapted from the Rifleman’s Creed.

Alec Waters is responsible for all things security at Dataline Software, and can be emailed at


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