If you’re in security, how do you describe your job? If you’re not in security, how do you describe security?Security seems to survive on a steady mental diet of negativity. Overwhelmed with news of failures coupled with a growing pressure to perform — flawlessly — often creates an operating environment that feeds on chaos. We’re drawn to security and seem to resign ourselves to feeling bad.I was recently reminded of this when speaking with Gary Golomb, co-founder at Awake Security. Gary has nearly two decades of experience in threat analysis and has led investigations and containment efforts in a number of notable cases. If you go far enough back, he was a researcher on the Dragon NIDS/HIDS, and before that he served in the United States Marines 2nd Force Reconnaissance Company.Gary says when he asked people to describe their jobs, the answers were sad. People feel overwhelmed, unappreciated and set up for failure. It’s a horrible way to work. Gary says we need to take a different approach.Here is his Security Slap Shot:Maybe it’s just nostalgia, but when I think about my early days as a security analyst in the time around Y2K, I recall exciting and interesting work. Then, analysts required… Read full this story
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