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March 2002

Security learning: Keeping up with technology and training isn't easy

I hear all time from the old guard of IT that today's system administrators aren't qualified to do security administration. They say the new breed is lazy and will take shortcuts instead of doing things by the book. But how can we match the work ethic of the mainframe age? Compared to 25 years ago, the breadth of systems, the advances in technology and the workloads are exponentially higher. And things aren't slowing down. Complicating matters further is the lack of time or money to do the things we want, much less the things we need in terms of training and professional development. It's not an excuse; it's a fact of life. I admit that I do a lot of things the hard way, but only because I don't have the time to figure out a better way (or the right way). I'd never be able to keep up with my workload if I did things by the book. I use what I know works, and then move on to the next task. (I realize that learning "the book method" will save me time, but I don't have that luxury.) In my position at the Texas Credit Union ...

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