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3 Reasons Security Pros Are In The Driverís Seat Now
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Drew Conry-Murray
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1/17/2014 | 11:32:25 AM
Opportunity or Black Mark?
Is the Target breach an opportunity for security pros, or yet another perceived black mark? Executives don't like security. It's a cost center, it's a drag on new business opportunities, and it can fail spectactularly. I'm not saying this is a fair characterization of the security profession. It's not.

My guess is that in the eyes of your average CEO, the Target breach doesn't emphasize the value of security. It says "Look at how they screwed up again." That doesn't sound like a great time to ask for a raise.

IT security teams are in a tough position. The business doesn't notice security when it's doing its job, because its job is to make sure nothing happens. The only time security is visible is when something has gone wrong.
Whoopty
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1/17/2014 | 12:01:41 PM
Re: Opportunity or Black Mark?
Thats similar to the problems people have in the repair industry. If you fix things well enough, they won't break down again for a long time and that means you don't get paid. 
Mark Aiello
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1/17/2014 | 12:06:29 PM
Re: Opportunity or Black Mark?
I think every breach is an opportunity for Cybersecurity Pros.  Sometimes it takes a disaster in order to recognize the unsung heroes.  My hope is that corporations begin to take notice that the people guarding their assets are as (or more) important as the technology.
Lorna Garey
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1/17/2014 | 12:39:48 PM
Re: Opportunity or Black Mark?
That's a great point. It's not security products alone that stop attackers, it's the people. A company could spend millions on the latest point product, but without a smart plan, it's out the window.
Laurianne
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1/17/2014 | 3:17:12 PM
Re: Opportunity or Black Mark?
Thanks Mark. Thoughtful post. I would certainly be talking Target if I was interviewing for a security job right now.
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1/18/2014 | 5:18:00 PM
IT Recruiting
In working with IT headhunters, I find that most IT professionals make the mistake of thinking that their hard technical skills are going to be the main thing that companies are looking for. While mastery of IT knowledge and skills are certainly important, it usually doesn't end up being the primary differentiator. What makes a candidate stand out to those is their ability to add value, consistently come up with solutions that can save time and/or money, and make a positive contribution to the company culture.

Than Nguyen

http://www.insourcegroup.com
Mark Aiello
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Mark Aiello,
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1/20/2014 | 3:48:59 PM
Re: IT Recruiting
Than, thanks for the response.  Your advice is spot on.


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