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How young upstarts can get their big security break in 6 steps




How young upstarts can get their big security break in 6 steps
How young upstarts can get their big security break in 6 steps



http://www.csoonline.com/article/591864/How_young_upstarts_can_get_their_big_security_break_in_6_steps 

By Bill Brenner
Senior Editor
CSO
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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