We are all privileged to work in the field of information security. We also carry the responsibility to keep current in our chosen profession. Regularly I hear from fellow colleagues who want to learn something, but do not have a training budget, feel powerless and sometimes give up. I would like to share several approaches that can be used to bridge this gap and will hopefully inspire a self-investment both this weekend and beyond. None of these ideas cost anything more than time.
I decided to borrow an idea from an informal mentor, something I generally give them credit for, but not always. I decided to wake up early each morning with the intent to learn something new every day. Maybe the something is a new tool, a new linux distribution or taking an online class. Having done this now for the last 7 years, I can say without hesitation or regret that it has been pivotal in making me a better me. I am convinced that applying just a little bit of incremental effort will serve you well as well.
Ideas to get you started:
- SANS Webcasts and in particular their Archive link
- Serve as an informal mentor to a junior team member, while being open to learn from them
- Volunteer help out in a local information security group meeting
- Read that book on your shelf that has a little more dust that you would like to admit
- Subscribe to Adrian Crenshaw’s YouTube channel
- Be intentional by creating a weekly appointment with your team in order to learn something new over a brown bag lunch
- Foster an environment that facilitates a culture of learning
After considering this topic for a long time, I want to ask this question – What are you doing to invest in yourself, particularly in ways that do not cost anything but your time? Please leave what works for you in the comments section below.