Interview with InfoSec Industry Insider – Part 1

Year 2009 has been a year of job losses and stagnation for many careers. The recession has taken it toll on InfoSec industry as well. During this time of uncertainty its always good to keep in touch with industry insiders who can keep you abreast with the current economic climate and trends. I found a very good article which is dated back to April 2009 but definitely a trend today. Its an interview conducted by Erik T. Heidt with Lee Kushner, President of LJ Kushner and Associates, LLC, an executive search firm dedicated exclusively to the Information Security industry and its professionals.  Lee Kushner has thirteen years of experience representing Fortune 2000 companies, information security software companies, information security services organizations, and large technology firms in enabling them to locate, attract, hire, and retain top level information security talent.

Here is an excerpt from the interview.

“Erik: In your practice, what are some of the key differentiators that you are encouraging people to pursue?

Lee: I hate to be vague, but the best thing that I can tell anyone is to make consistent investments in their career and career development.  This can include certifications, training, personal development, career coaching, etc – but investing in yourself and your career is going to be critical to differentiating from your peers and competition.

I have three rules when addressing self investment:

  1. Any investment in your career is a good one
  2. You get what you pay for
  3. If you do not invest in yourself, do not expect anyone else to
For more on the interview please refer to link . Stay tuned for part 2.

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