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May 2011

Information security job titles: Irrelevant to your career

Whatever the profession, people are obsessed with job titles. A job title serves as a signal to colleagues, industry peers, friends or your mother-in-law -- and provides a sense of status, accomplishment and respect. However, in the information security industry, your job title is probably the most insignificant component in the development and advancement of your career. Now, we can hear the objections already. Here’s what you’re thinking: You worked hard for your title. Your title may signify a promotion or recognition of your information security contributions. Your title helps you get things done internally in your current work environment. You believe people listen to and respect your opinions based on your title. You have more than likely changed jobs once in your career in order to get a more prominent title. You may have even turned down an otherwise perfect career opportunity because you did not think the title was not reflective of your perspective of your skill. We also know that in the world of information security ...

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