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.