Promoting the Development of a Security Professional

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Promoting the Development of a Security Professional

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Posted on TripWire: Security for Life: Promoting the Development of a Security Professional

This week marks the fifth and final week of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2015. The theme of Week 5 of NCSAM is “Building the Next Generation of Cyber Professionals.”

We cannot tackle security alone. We need to focus on building a generation of dedicated, well-educated security professionals to help defend against the online threats of tomorrow.

With this in mind, here are some recommendations on how we, as a society, can encourage young people to become interested in information security. We also provide tips on how budding security professionals can make the most out of their new careers.


Once a security professional has found their niche in infosec, they can then begin to leverage their unique skills to make connections and deepen their careers.

“Throughout my career, those who I have seen go the furthest the fastest make mentors and friends in the community,” states J Wolfgang Goerlich, Strategist at CBI and head of the CBI Academy.

“They don’t just attend conferences; they present and volunteer. They find open source projects to collaborate on. In these and many other ways, people develop their skills by contributing daily, weekly, and monthly,” adds Goerlich.

Like any career, information security requires ongoing effort and dedication. Those practitioners who internalize that fact are sure to succeed, one way or another.

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Friday Books and Talks 10-25-2013

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Here are some of the books and talks that I enjoyed this week, in no particular order.


Strategic Renaissance: New Thinking and Innovative Tools to Create Great Corporate Strategies
by Evan M. Dudik

“In this insightful primer on corporate strategy development, Dudik shows why the traditional strategic goal of sustainable competitive advantage is being replaced with a new goal: opportunity creation and exploitation. Dudik also explores the business application of a classic military strategy: the hammer and the pivot.”


Engaged! Outbehave Your Competition to Create Customers for Life
by Gregg Lederman

“Customers love it when employees are ENGAGED to deliver an experience. However, it doesn’t come easy for most companies. The level to which your workforce is ENGAGED also has a significant impact every day on employees’ happiness and productivity, the customer experience, and your company’s profitability. Your company can be one that customers love to do business with … one that turns customers into loyal followers who buy more and more often. The journey through ENGAGED!, will teach you what leading companies do to create customer love.”


TED: Psychedelic science
By Fabian Oefner

“Swiss artist and photographer Fabian Oefner is on a mission to make eye-catching art from everyday science. In this charming talk, he shows off some recent psychedelic images, including photographs of crystals as they interact with soundwaves. And, in a live demo, he shows what really happens when you mix paint with magnetic liquid–or when you set fire to whiskey.”

I enjoy the transfer of one sense to another, from sound to motion, motion to light, light to visuals, and so on. Oefner is a great example of capturing scientific moments and creating artwork from these moments.