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October 2010

A career in information security is often best served by staying put

Information security professionals change positions with great frequency, because in our experience, they are constantly in search of new challenges and opportunities to apply their skills to solve problems. While a new position may provide this type of opportunity, in most cases information security professionals change positions prematurely. Changing positions before you are able to extract maximum value in your role can be detrimental to your career development and execution of your long term information security career plan. By leaving a position too soon, you risk forfeiting opportunities for promotions, developing new skills, or creating a brand as a risky employee (a job hopper). You could also create doubt in your abilities to execute and see a task to completion. Being viewed as an information security professional that runs from problems before they have been solved is a red flag for future employers. In many cases, your best job is the one you have; it's the place where you can best apply your skills and develop new ...

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