I recently had a chance to have a wonderful chat with Brian Contos on the Verodin Cybersecurity Effectiveness Podcast. Having been in this industry for 20 years, a lot has changed since I started. This podcast was a great chance to reflect on how much things have evolved, even if our everyday activities may sometimes seem to be the same old same old.
One of the things that seems most radically different is the whole concept of a cybersecurity career. Many of us who started out in this industry in the early days were tech hobbyists or stumbled into this career because we showed interest or aptitude at a time when very few people even knew that security was a function that needed to be accomplished. Now, there are so many InfoSec specialties that they get broken down into different “color” groupings!
The fact that cybersecurity careers have been broken up into such niche areas shouldn’t entirely be a surprise, but some of the specific specialties may be. For instance, marketing for a security vendor requires a very different mindset than marketing for other industries. And while things like usability, accessibility, and user education are important for other tech products, we’re only just now appreciating how absolutely crucial they are for security products.
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