Information Security: Beyond the Bits and Bytes
Information security is many things, but boring is definitely not one of them. It’s a rollercoaster where the ride gets more dramatic every year, zipping down a plunging chute and taking your breath away. I’ve worked in information security for most of my professional career. I got into it when I became bored with building accounting software, and there was an opening in a group at my company that was building a product to “automagically” handle data of different security classifications (e.g., people who can only access “Unclassified” information wouldn’t be able to view or change information labeled “Secret”). As a former U.S. Navy officer, I knew something about the value of limiting data access based on security classifications. I took a job as a product manager in that team and almost immediately found what “tripped my trigger” in the tech sector: security! Since that first security job, I’ve worked with a bunch of different teams and technologies and enjoyed (almost) every minute of it.