3 – There is a limit for growth to your career
You are smart. You know how to facilitate business whilst keeping it secure. You have good relationship with all layers above and below you. You even have a blog about security, with thousands of followers. What are your chances of becoming the CEO of the company you work for? Perhaps as likely as having your security blog becoming as popular as facebook. Anyways, there are still some ways to go up the ladder as an Information Security Professional.
Now, let’s ask our CEO what sort of background he has: – Well, I started as a temp, and soon afterthat got a job as a saleman and… No. You kidding right? You spent your whole life having lunch for free, and now you tell me you are the captain of the boat? It can’t be real…
2 – No room for mistakes
Let’s imagine the following scenario: you manage to maintain your environment incident free for the couple of months until… until Jack brings that same infected laptop (again?) to your network (-so what? My client was showing me about some funny videos on the internet on a dodgy website!). The network falls into its knees, and now you have to say goodbye to your weekend… (I won’t even comment about the Sony incident… damn programmer! Ha!).
Guess what, Jack is still going on a sail boat trip tomorrow morning.
1 – People expect you to crack their exes Gmail passwords, wireless networks, and combination locks.
Tell me, honestly. How many times have your friends approached you asking you to crack their ex-girlfriend/boyfriend e-mail password? How many times did they come to you asking for you to download that nice game without paying a penny? -but you are a hacker, isn’t it easy for you?
Tht’s when you try to explain that it can be done, but it’s not ethical, and…
Enough! Now, let me get back to the hot dog trailer I just bought and try to learn why the heck sales people have such a good life!
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