By Bill Brenner
April 24, 2010
If you're young, breaking into the security industry can be hell.
Companies have either suffered a data security breach or live in fear of
one. So when they're hiring new IT security personnel, they want years
of experience. If you're fresh out of college, that's a problem.
Another problem is that security practitioners are control freaks by
nature. They have to be, if you stop and think about it. They have a
huge responsibility, and delegating some of the work to younger pups is
a lot to expect.
But here's the problem: The future of information security is in the
hands of the youth. That may seem a clichd statement; so obvious it
sounds stupid. But it's a fact.
This column isn't an invitation for young upstarts to cry and lament
about the disadvantages they have. Instead, it's about a few things you
can do to break through and make it in the industry. Think of it as
suggestions for becoming a security rock star, which you almost have to
be to make a difference these days.
This morning I'm at Security B-Sides Boston, listening to a talk from
someone who is fighting this battle right now. Joseph Sokoly, a security
analyst at NetBoundary, recently gave a talk at the Austin, Texas
B-Sides event about the troubles of being young in the security
industry. This time, he's in Boston giving an update on where his career
trajectory has taken him in the weeks since then.
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