In this video, Marc Menninger explores an example career path for a woman wanting to become a chief information security officer. Explore the steps Alice takes as she progresses from college graduate to security manager and finally CISO. Discover the skills and qualifications Alice needed to get her dream job.
- [Narrator] There are many paths one could take to become a Chief Information Security Officer or CISO. Let's take a look at one example career path to CISO for a women I'll call Alice. Alice started her career with a Computer Information Systems Bachelors Degree. She decided to get a CIS Degree because she liked technology and she knew IT would be a growing field. While she was in college, Alice heard about a scholarship through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corp or ROTC, which would pay for much of her degree.
She applied for the scholarship and because of her strong grades she received it. Accepting the scholarship meant that she would have to join the Air Force after graduating. But she was fine with that because it meant she'd have a guaranteed job. When she graduated, Alice became a Computer Systems Officer in the Air Force leading a team 12 IT security technicians. Their job was to respond to all security incidents at her base. She got plenty of hands-on experience in securing computer and communication systems.
Once she had enough experience she studied for and passed the CISSP exam. After ten years in the Air Force she left to begin her civilian career. Her experience with IT security as a supervisor and as a Air Force Officer helped her get hired as a security manager for a technology company. Her job was to manage a small team of security technicians and engineers to implement the companies security program. She wrote the companies security policies and standards and conducted information security risk assessments.
After several years at this job she studied for and passed the CSIM exam. Alice enjoyed her job but with her leadership experience she knew she could do much more. After five years in this role, Alice saw an opening for CISO at a University. She had all the qualifications including a college degree in an IT field, at least five years of hands-on experience, at least seven years supervising people and a CISSP or CISM certification.
She got the CISO job which meant she directed a security staff at the University to implement the security program, comply with regulatory requirements and much more. From there she can decide if she'd like to stay a CISO at the University or move onto another CISO position at a much larger organization.
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
- The job marketplace (government vs. healthcare, etc.)
- IT security success traits
- Career specializations
- IT security certifications
- Getting experience
- Marketing yourself