Someone has played a large role in helping us become inspired and motivated to develop as an information security practitioner. We certainly did not get where we are today on our own. Without a doubt, I have been fortunate to have learned from skilled security practitioners who have directly shaped my career growth – many may never fully recognize that impact. It remains a priority for me to lean into the direction of helping others grow and develop into the very best security practitioner they can become. A favorite topic of mine is sharing a lesson learned that quite often revolves around “from now I will always” and “never again will I” do that again.
We can all benefit from others successes and often times even more by others failures. There is absolutely no need to repeat the lessons already learned by others. By being intentional about growth, we can all improve and get wisdom as cheaply as you can.
Several ideas to get you inspired:
- Ask yourself regularly “Who can I share that lesson with”
- Establish an informal mentoring program at your $DayJob
- Serve in the leadership of your local security group such as BSides, ISSA, InfraGard, ECTF, OWASP
- Volunteer at your next local information security event
What one thing can you commit to do next week to give back?