Home Securiy Methodology Vacation Guide (HSM)

by Pete Herzog

RESEARCH


Homes are both an asset and a form of protection for our assets. They are unique in that they have both a very real and a personal (nostalgic) value. Securing our homes and making them safe for the ones we share it with is often more difficult than it should be. We want to live in a secure home but we don't want to feel like we live in a prison. Yet we also leave our homes and not only expect them to be the same when we return but to have been unviolated in any way. Because even if nothing has been stolen or destroyed, we are still uneasy with the idea that someone had trespassed at all. So we want to make sure that our house can be converted into a fortress for our belongings, a safe haven for any family members staying behind, and a private refuge for us to return to. To do this, we need to know security and of all the things we can do to secure our homes. 

This guide follows the Open Source Security Testing methodology OSSTMM). In that methodology, you learn that security, the means of separating threats from assets, is the best way to avoid an attack. It also shows how to thwart the threat or minimize damages should an attack occur. With this guide, we put them into a comprehensive checklist that you can apply as you need to. And as a comprehensive guide, you don't need to do everything in the checklist, but know that each one you do does decrease the likeliness of you suffering from an attack. The idea is to minimize your attack surface to the point you are comfortable with so you don't need to feel like you live in a self-made prison.

The concepts may seem odd to you as a practice for protecting your family and your assets. Part of the problem is that much of the existing security concepts you are familiar with and people use today are built upon old research. Some of these concepts make you feel more secure but don't actually increase your protection. Some just have never been true and maybe have been propogated from superstition. And some current practices evolved from faulty logic, faulty or improperly conducted statistical surveys, and urban folklore.


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