In this video, Marc Menninger describes two traits that will contribute to your success as an IT security professional. Learn why being self-directed is desired by employers and ways you can be more self-directed. Discover why there's always more to learn in the IT security field and why having a desire to learn is a beneficial trait.
- [Instructor] There are two traits that will help you throughout your IT Security career. Being self-directed and having a desire to learn. First, let's look at what it means to be self-directed and why it's important to your success as an IT Security professional. Job listings for IT Security professionals will frequently require the candidates to be self-directed. This is an important success trait for you as a security professional because employers will often expect you to know how to do your job and not need to be told to do it.
Ideally, someone who is self-directed identifies opportunities for improvement, sets goals for themselves to make those improvements and works toward these goals on their own. If you do this it makes your boss's job much easier because he or she doesn't need to tell you what to do and hover over you to make sure you're doing your job. Instead, you will set your own goals and your boss will measure your performance based on how well you achieve them. If you're not sure which goals to work toward, then listen carefully for any initiatives your boss wants accomplish and work your boss's agenda.
Find ways you can use your skills and expertise to help your boss reach his or her goals. This not only demonstrates self direction, it makes your boss's job easier which is always a good idea. Being self-directed is a choice. The more self-directed you are, the more likely you will succeed in your IT Security career. Next, let's talk about your desire to learn. In the IT Security field one thing is certain. Change. Technology is in a constant state of flux. This, in turn, leads to changes in security controls and standards.
That's why there's always more to learn as a security professional, even if your job is highly specialized. You'll still need to learn new versions of hardware and software and how to keep them secure. You might even need to learn about the security implications of brand new technologies. Like Cloud architectures and the Internet of Things. If you don't have that desire to keep learning, you'll quickly fall behind the times. Your knowledge will grow stale and you'll no longer be as valuable to your employer. To advance in your career, you need to at least stay current.
If you stop learning you'll stop growing. One of the benefits of constantly learning is it helps you stay ahead of the technology curve. Your employer will probably expect you to give a quick assessment when technologies change and how these changes will impact security. If you've already learned about these pending changes, you'll have formed an opinion and you won't be caught off guard. This means you'll be in a better position to help your organization react swiftly to emerging threats.
Your desire to learn and being self-directed will be valuable traits that will help you succeed in your IT Security career.
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