In this video, Marc Menninger describes the great variety of events that you can participate in as an IT security professional. Explore the many benefits of participating in security events. Learn the importance of events to gaining continuing professional education or CPE credits toward maintaining certifications like the CISSP.
- [Instructor] One of the benefits of being an IT Security Professional is the great variety of events which you can participate in. Just some of the options include chapter meetings for professional organizations like ISACA, ISSA, Cloud Security Alliance, and others, security conferences and conventions, vendor presentations, and meetups and other informal gatherings of security professionals. There are many reasons why these events are beneficial, including staying current with security trends, earning CPEs, networking with colleagues, and leadership and speaking opportunities.
Events are excellent for staying current with trends in the industry. You'll learn about the latest security products, technologies, and threats, often from fellow security colleagues sharing their personal experiences. Attending any of these events counts as continuing professional education, or CPE credits toward maintaining certifications like the CISSP. If you frequently attend security events, you won't have any trouble meeting your minimum annual CPE requirements. Security events are perfect places to meet with other security professionals to build your network of colleagues.
You'll also find plenty of leadership opportunities at events. Someone needs to put on these security events, and if you're looking for a chance to lead, it's likely many of these organizations would love your help. Often larger conferences will have advisory or leadership boards, and all professional organizations like ISACA and ISSA have chapter leadership teams who run the regular meetings as well as special events. They are always looking for people to step up and take leadership roles. And finally, events provide great speaking opportunities.
If you have a topic you're dying to share, or you simply love to speak, chances are good you'll be accepted if you submit a proposal to these events. Security events large and small are often seeking speakers, and if your topic fits the theme of the event, or is compelling enough, you may be asked to speak. The good news is that many security events are free or relatively inexpensive. It's possible that your employer may cover some or all of the cost, too. So I encourage you to take advantage of as many security events as your schedule and boss will allow.
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