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Three hazards to avoid in planning a career in information security
This article is part of the July/August 2010 issue of Information Security magazine
As you develop your information security career plan, you are going to be challenged to honestly assess your skills and figure out ways to develop your weak points. As you do so, you are going to be forced to make decisions that may accelerate or hinder your pursuit. It's important to make sure that you avoid some potential planning hazards that could divert you from achieving your desired career goal. Let's look at three. FOCUSING ON THE WRONG ELEMENTS OF A NEW ROLE In order to achieve your career goal you are most likely going to have to pursue opportunities outside your current work environment to gain valuable experience or build new skills. When you refer back to your career plan, you should already have an idea of what skills are important to develop. Keep in mind, the primary goal of switching positions is the skills, not the other things that many information security professionals expect to come with a new position: more money and a flashier title. Many fail to recognize the opportunity for skill development a new ...
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