PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Professional Development (In General)
Here are tips to improve yourself as a professional. Following this path with make you more effective in your current role. Pursuit of professional development will also help prepare you for a future role and the benefits and rewards that come along with it.

Information Security Professional
Many people seek advice for how to become an Information Security (InfoSec) Professional. This page grew out of e-mail to them and continues to change over time.

Time Management – Control and Efficiency
If your calendar is booked solid and e-mail fills your inbox, a time management system is necessary to maintain order, improve productivity and maintain a healthy work-life balance. This approach includes traditional time management techniques blended with pursuit of longer-term goals and management routines.

Communications Visualization
This PowerPoint slide is a good way to visually document a communications plan. If you find it of interest, start with a piece of paper for ease of use. Write your initials in the center of the paper and draw three circles around them.

How to Get Promoted
This page focuses on what you need to execute or deliver on to demonstrate leadership. It also provides leadership qualities and practical advice to help prove you are 'ready now' for promotion.

Job Search Portfolio
This page focuses on how to prepare a job search portfolio. It includes tips for completing a resume, a career profile slide and how to pull it all together in a portfolio.

Travel Tips: Local, In-Country and International
The need to travel often comes with short notice or when you're busy and do not have much time to prepare. This page provides a proactive approach to travel, along with recommendations for gear and a checklist you can customize to your needs. The end result should be travel with convenience and minimal discomfort.

Preparing for the RSA Security Conference
The greatest values of the RSA conference are knowledge gained from the sessions, exposure to emerging security technologies on the expo floor, catching up with colleagues and making new connections. You need to prepare well in advance to make the most of the conference and after-hours activities.

RSA is Near, Courtesy to Vendors
The quote "Always be closing" is a mantra for sales professionals. With that in mind, here are tips in preparation for the RSA conference.

Security Alerts and Threat Data (the Short List)
This content was created in response to a friend who asked for "the short list" of resources I use to keep current on security news and the threat landscape.

Have You? (Best Practices)
This is a collection of my HaveYou best practices posts. Most of the advice addresses cybersecurity beyond frameworks. Operational risk and professional development tips are also included.

InfoSec Coffee Break
An InfoSec Coffee Break is a security awareness technique to engage technologists and have meaningful conversations. Discussions about process and control improvements occur organically. Coffee break calls also result in cultural change, security advocacy and risk mitigation. Attendees learn along the way and keep current on emerging threats and countermeasures.