Sunday, March 18, 2018

[CyberSecurity Awareness Series] The Whistle Man


It was as if a shadow was moving around trying to slip inside. It was early morning and the person knew that this was the right time to sneak inside as if he was aware that the whistle man would not have arrived by that time. The person had a mission to accomplish and no one could come in the way. The shadow moved subtly inside the work area, opened the bag and pulled out a small crude looking box. The hands trembled initially, but instantly, a burst of anger came back and the box was placed in one of the open drawers. It was time to slip outside for the deed had been done.
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Akriti gave an indicator to turn right into the campus of “ILoveITSoultions”. She parked her car, took her bag from the back seat of the car and moved to enter the campus. As she was about to enter the location’s door, a usual high pitched sound of a whistle tore through the otherwise calm surroundings. She knew instantly what the fuss was all about, yet Akriti attempted to move inside.

An old figure moved immediately and with him grew the voice of the whistle. Akriti turned around and shouted at the old man. “What’s with the whistle, old man?” Mota Bhai, as if, habitual to such abuses politely said “Beta, Kindly put the ID card. It helps us.” Akriti dug the ID card from inside her bag and put it unwillingly around her neck and then ogled back at the old man.

Well, let’s talk about the old man.  Mota Bhai was no stranger to “ILoveITSoultions”. He joined the organization way back in 1970 as a young security guard. Time moved on and the campus changed, but one thing that did not change was the attentiveness and punctuality of Mota Bhai. Over time, he got a nickname too – “The Whistle Man”; because of the whistle that blew immediately, an associate was seen without an id card. The younger generation ridiculed him, made fun of him and sometimes irritated him by deliberately not wearing the ID card. Mota Bhai, however, did his duty without fail every day with pride. 

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The shadow had to move out quickly. The shadow knew everything about the campus. The person looked around and was about to step outside when the whistle blew. An eagle would have missed something, but not Mota Bhai. The shadow knew that the cover had been blown. The person started running. Mota Bhai knew something was wrong. Never had he seen an associate run because of the whistle. He blew the whistle again and shouted at the other guards to apprehend the person. The person was caught, but the dangers were still lurking.

Mota Bhai signaled the guard to call the location Admin. On further interrogation, it was found that the person’s name was Mohit. He had been a part of the organization until about a month back when he was fired. Mohit felt humiliated and vowed to take revenge. Mohit had factored in the timing as to when no one would be around. He also learned how to make a crude bomb from the internet. He knew that since the organization had not put in an X-ray scanner control, it would be easy to carry the bomb inside. But he had failed to factor in the attentiveness of Mota Bhai.

The clock was still ticking when Mohit revealed his sinister plans and the placement of the bomb when slapped and at the mere mention of the police officials (Classic CID scene 😋). Mota Bhai ran to the work area where Akriti and others were sitting. He signaled everyone to quickly move outside and sounded the alarm. The bomb squad was called and the mishap averted only due to the attentiveness of Mota Bhai. Multiple associates like Akiriti later thanked him for saving their lives and also apologized to him for behaving in a rude manner every day. 

The Unsung Heroes

It is often observed that people do not respect the security guards in organizations. When a security guard points to you that you must wear your ID card, he/ she is just doing his job just like you are. Wearing an ID card helps him/her identify and differentiate an authorized person from an unauthorized person. Visible ID card helps them to recognize you whether you are a visitor or an associate. So, the next time when a security guard tells you to follow the rules, do not ridicule or mock him. Respect him for his job and attentiveness and moreover, for the efforts, he/she is putting in to ensure your safety and security.

What are your thoughts on this? Don't you think security guards are an essential first line of defense?

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