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March 2011

A framework for information security career success

As important as it may be for information security professionals to develop a written career plan, executing on your plan is essential to accomplishing your career goal. Now is an opportune time to reflect and determine what you need to do to continue your progression as an information security leader. Each individual's professional development will vary based on their level of experience, baseline of skills, and stage of their careers. However, the framework for implementing and demonstrating these qualities is consistent for all and consists of the following actions: lead; impact; learn; and assess. DEMONSTRATE SECURITY LEADERSHIP The most important attribute information security professionals need to demonstrate is leadership. Leadership takes many forms, such as leadership over security technologies (i.e. application security, cloud computing, security event management), projects or organizational initiatives (i.e. PCI compliance, data loss prevention, identity management), people (including information security ...

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