In this video, Marc Menninger describes two traits which will contribute to your success as an IT security professional. Learn why collaborating with others is essential in your IT security role. And discover why it's important to work well with others especially when situations aren't going your way.
- [Instructor] It's not unusual to see job listings for security professionals which include the phrase works well with others. You may recall that same phrase from grade school days. Clearly, the need for people who work well with others is truly timeless. Almost all IT security jobs involve working on a team, so understanding the value of teamwork is important if you want to succeed in this career field. You can't expect to go it alone and have long-term success as an IT security professional. For instance, if you're responsible for remediating security vulnerabilities you'll need to collaborate with the owners of the systems which have the vulnerabilities.
You won't be able to just patch the vulnerabilities without coordinating with them because that could create downtime for their systems. You'll have to work with the system owners to first demonstrate that the patches are important and need to be installed, and then to coordinate a time that works with both of you to get the patches deployed. Another collaboration example is if you are a security manager and you need to write the security policies for your organization. You can't just create any policies you want in a vacuum, you'll need to work with the other managers to ensure that the policies match what the organization is willing to do.
Writing effective policies that an organization will actually comply with is definitely a team effort. You'll also need to know how to interact with others when situations aren't going your way. Be tactful with others, even if you know they're wrong and you're right. Overreacting to a situation that could be resolved quickly, if handled calmly, can cost you your job. Strong teams work together to do what needs to be done to reach a common goal. Collaborating and working well with others are skills worth developing, because they not only help your team achieve its objectives, they will make your job easier.
Marc closes with a few pieces of career advice specific to the world of information security, which will help you succeed in this dynamic and high-demand industry.
- IT security key concepts
- Understanding the job marketplace (government vs. healthcare, etc.)
- IT security success traits
- Career specializations
- IT security certifications
- Getting experience
- Marketing yourself