There are many analogies in Information Security, someone mentioned plate spinning in an unrelated context, then this blog post hit me. Many jobs can relate to plate spinning, but follow me on this one. If you were a professional plate spinner your task would be to minimize the loss of your assets. To minimize loss, the plates must spin, or you will lose assets. If you lose too many assets, the show can't go on.
With proper training, personnel can learn to get all of the plates spinning. More importantly, plate spinners need to monitor and maintain operations, because without proper attention the assets ALL FALL DOWN. The plates are falling in many enterprise networks.
The following video is recommended viewing for Information Security practitioners. Please substitute "Information Security" for "Plate Spinning".