Last month I was the keynote speaker at the University of Maryland University College 2010 Annual Cybersecurity and Homeland Defense Symposium and Job Fair, http://www.umuc.edu/securitystudies/cybersymposium_agenda.shtml.
A few people asked me to post my presentation, but I have found that my current job as the COO at Powertek Corporation has caused me to miss many of my self-imposed deadlines for doing many things, including updating my blog.
However, has now been overcome, at least for a few moments, and here it is.
My talk was divided into four parts:
- Context where I discussed what I call First Principals, what I feel are the underlying causes of much of the technological disruptions happening these days
- Some thoughts on security trends, after all this was a Cybersecurity Symposium
- Comments about the demand for security professionals, after all this also was a Job Fair
- Ending with some thoughts on the goals for security and some general advice
I think the slides are pretty self-explanatory though I keep hoping to turn some of them into individual blog entries.
I had two key pieces of advice.
First, I related an old joke by Steve Martin that talked about how to make a million dollars and not pay taxes. The first step was to ‘find a million dollars’. I find that many proposed solutions to security, well, actually to almost anything hard is the functional equivalent of that first step.
Second, I told them to remember that the primary mission of almost every organization they will work for is NOT security. Because of that fact, one of the primary jobs of a senior security professional is to learn how to articulate the reasons for security investments in the context of the actual mission goal. Otherwise, organizational senior management will not make the right decisions.