QOTW: It's a Secret, But is it good to have secrets? - Trade Secrets and Professional Secrets

Hello to everyone. I hope you guys are doing well wherever you are in the world. In this article, I will be giving you insights into the world of Information Technology specifically about us I.T. professionals (about our secrets pertaining to our expertise in the field of information technology).

But before that let's go back down memory lane and reminisce one of the best-kept secrets in the world specifically in commerce.

Secret image is from Pixabay by Ramdlon

Trade Secrets

The Coca-cola Company is one of the first, oldest, and one of the most well-known companies in the world. Founded in 1892 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA it became one of the most beloved brands in the world because of its world-famous beverage, the Coca-Cola, also simply known as Coke.

The Coca-Cola Company has one of the best-kept secrets in the world, keeping its Coca-Cola syrup formula safe for over a century, 135 years to be exact since it was invented in 1886 by Dr. John S. Pemberton, a pharmacist in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Coca-Cola image is from Pixabay by Bru-nO

By keeping the Coke formula secret, no one has ever become successful in copying the exact taste of Coke thus giving the company an advantage over today's competition. Pepsi has for one, became itself one of the most famous beverage alongside Coca-Cola but its taste is a bit different from Coke.

Other Trade Secrets (Secrets of the Trade)

Secret" is a word when spoken ears will flock near who spoke it. Almost every one of us when we hear that someone has a secret we will be very interested to know it. Some secrets are best to be kept for everyone's safety. But some secrets have to be divulged also for the sake of everyone's safety. Some secrets also need to be kept to keep an advantage or edge over someone or over the competition. With that said I can say that keeping a secret always depends on the situation.

We, I.T. professionals also keep some secrets about our field of expertise. We do keep secrets (technical skill secrets) especially if it is a hard-earned skill for the advantage of our own company. Those secrets are always acquired through trial and error testing because of a lack of information from the internet.

Have you heard about the term "Zero-day" vulnerability? Zero-day is a popular term within the hacking community. A Zero-day vulnerability is a flaw in computer software wherein only the hacker knew about the flaw. It is always unknown to those who are interested in mitigating vulnerabilities. Until the flaw is disclosed and not yet patched, the hacker can exploit it to adversely affect computers whenever they want to.

That's how I.T. professionals like me keep secrets but don't be mistaken, I am not a hacker. I am just making a comparison of how an I.T. professional and a Hacker keep secrets. I just happen to be a diligent I.T. professional that has an appetite for knowledge.

By keeping such secrets I was able to keep the entire I.T. infrastructure afloat and up to date that I am maintaining across multiple sister companies separated by hundreds of miles from each other.

Yes, you can find "almost" everything on the internet, but not everything. There is still information that only an individual knew just like a Zero-day vulnerability does for hackers.

Keeping a secret

I think keeping a secret always depends on the situation just like what I said earlier. A secret can be a trade secret just like with Coca-Cola. Of course, there are also personal secrets just like your crushes when you are in high school, no one knows that until today, right? Uhmmm, I may be wrong.

Shushing girl image is from Pixabay by AllClear55

Anyway, some secrets are better to be left alone. Some need to be divulged for the interest of the greater good.

I am an I.T. professional (Computer Engineer) working in a private company, a blogger, a father, and a husband.

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