What advice do you have for people who already have professional experience in a technical role, but want to enter cybersecurity?

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Information Security Officer in Government, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Some folks may want to go for contract positions because that gives them an opportunity to experience different companies. They might gain an interest in one of those companies and want to become full-time staff there. I've seen that where I work. We've got a lot of contracted systems administrators and one of them that I've been working with decided he wanted to leave MIT and apply to Harvard. He found that he would be a better fit there because they've got an engineering position and it's full-time with benefits. So I would encourage newcomers to apply for a contract position to get started.
Senior VP & CISO, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
other technical skills are transferable to cyber experience. But besides skills, I'd focus on continuous learning, natural curiosity and communication skills. the soft skills will set you apart
Chief Technology Officer in Media, 2 - 10 employees
Assess your transferable skills, pursue relevant certifications, leverage your existing network and be prepared for entry-level positions.
Director of Enablement, 501 - 1,000 employees
I would ask them ‘why?’

Is it for the money? Is it because they’re curious? Or is it because it’s the hot trend?

Understand their motivation first, then help guide them. This is where a mentor is key

The skill set for a GRC specialist is a lot different to a penetration tester. One you know where you want to go, it’s easy to get there
Senior Information Security Manager in Software, 501 - 1,000 employees
I’d tell them that is a perfect entry into information security. As you can’t be an effective information security professional if you don’t understand in detail the underlying technology it runs on.

A good book to make the transition is ‘Navigating the Cybersecurity Career Path: Insider Advice for Navigating from Your First Gig to the C-Suite’ by Helen Patton.

But the main thing is that such a person is a great candidate for a successful security career.


Chief Information Security Officer in Healthcare and Biotech, 1,001 - 5,000 employees
Just need to build the risk midset considering having experience in technology
Global Chief Cybersecurity Strategist & CISO in Healthcare and Biotech, Self-employed
You need to should that you are out of the mindset of availability and looking at confidentiality and integrity. The biggest issue that I see is not getting out of that mindset. Cybersecurity is managing risk within the risk tolerances accepted by the executives, regulations, and contracts and being able to tell that story to your manager, etc.

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Without a doubt - Technical Debt! It's a ball and chain that creates an ever increasing drag on any organization, stifles innovation, and prevents transformation.
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