3 – You have an opportunity to interact with everyone in the company
I wanted to make a joke about developers again, but will let it pass.
Anyways, as an information security professional you not only have the possibility, but many times are required to interact with people both above and below you. An Information security career will give you exposure to the business, the technology, the risk, and everything else under the sun. That in itself is awesome because you are not only sharpening your knowledge in the field, but also your soft skills so you can be an admirable leader who is able to sell information security to the business, senior managers and users when the time arrives.
2 – You set the rules (and also have the power to break them)
Hmmmm.. what am I going to block today? Let me see…
( ) Skype
( ) Sports newspaper
Well, let me set my exception first..
Jokes apart, being an Information Security professional enables you to set the rules of the game. In companies were Information Security is well understood and the business has a part to play, these rules are usually set in liaison with them, you just make recommendations and implement what was decided. But for smaller companies, my experience tells me that all that was needed was a security incident to happen for someone at the top to come asking for this or that to be disabled/blocked/deleted/ incinerated. Have you seen it before?
As an auditor, what I have seen out there and I’m sure some of you might agree is that, even though the rule should apply across the board, there is always an exception for the IT team… Hilarious, but true. Now, excuse and let me get back to FB… 🙂
1 – Being a security professional is cool… or at least people think it is.
Think with me: how cool is it being a, let’s say, DBA? Their lives are basically about commiting and dumping. Blergh!
But being a security professional elevates you to the status of a demigod among your friends. People look at you and say: there goes the hacker… his/her salary must be really great because s/he could break into the federal bank in minutes, and get 0.01 dollar of every financial transaction without people noticing (aka salami attack). That’s what people think when they don’t really have a clue about what you do, and that’s cool!
But seriously speaking, can you imagine how awesome it is to be a Computer Forensic Investigator? What about an ethical hacker? An article I’ve written before about the coolest information security careers lists these two positions among the Top 5 in Information Security.
Do you agree?
That’s all for today, fellows! feel free to leave your word, and spread mine if you find it’s worth to!
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