By Upasana Gupta
Bank Info Security
September 14, 2010
Stephen Northcutt, CEO of SANS Technology Institute, has a piece of
advice for up and coming security professionals. "Learn Chinese; you are
going to need it."
Further, Northcutt advises, "Learn and live by the security axiom:
protection is ideal, but detection is a must."
In an exclusive interview on careers in information security, Northcutt
shares insights on:
* On how he started his career;
* Opportunities and gaps he sees in our professional training
* Advice to today's security practitioners.
SANS Technology Institute is a postgraduate level IT Security College,
and Northcutt, its CEO, is an acknowledged expert in training and
certification. He founded the Global Information Assurance Certification
(GIAC) in 1999 to validate the real-world skills of IT security
professionals. GIAC provides assurance that a certified individual has
practical awareness, knowledge and skills in key areas of computer and
network and software security.
Northcutt is author/coauthor of Incident Handling Step-by-Step,
Intrusion Signatures and Analysis, Inside Network Perimeter Security 2nd
Edition, IT Ethics Handbook, SANS Security Essentials, SANS Security
Leadership Essentials and Network Intrusion Detection 3rd edition. He
was the original author of the Shadow Intrusion Detection system before
accepting the position of Chief for Information Warfare at the Ballistic
Missile Defense Organization.
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