I’m a classic introvert. Early in my IT career, I had no interest in networking with others. I did not see the tangible benefits or understand how networking could be useful to advancing my career interests.
After some time, I realized that I wasn’t connecting with the people inside and outside of my organization to a degree that allowed me to advance socially or professionally. So I challenged myself and made a conscious effort to change my behavior in order to first know my co-workers better and gain useful contacts in the industry as a byproduct. The benefits have been tremendous. Networking has led to recent job promotions, salary increases and further development of the Adam Kohnke brand.
Information security and privacy careers are expanding. There is more need for such professionals than ever before, as more technologies emerge and are used by businesses, government, healthcare and other types of organizations; as more personal data is constantly being collected through the technologies; and as more laws and legal requirements are enacted to protect that exponentially growing digital ocean of personal data. Certainly, the number of entities that see this endless tsunami of generated personal data as profit opportunities, through malicious or surreptitious use, also is increasing.
Happy ISACA Volunteer Appreciation Week! While my colleagues and I agree that we should celebrate our volunteer partners at the chapter and international levels every day, we are thrilled to participate in a week of highlighting some of the ways volunteer support is essential. After all, ISACA exists to support our members in the IT audit, risk, governance, assurance and security industries, and our local and international volunteers are the ones fulfilling our purpose and promise, and exemplifying our values.
Where would we be without the passionate, dedicated and innovative experts advancing ISACA’s great work? For one, we would miss out on the camaraderie in networking and bonding over accomplishing sometimes-challenging objectives to advance our work. We love working with people like Jack Freund, CRISC Certification Working Group member and 2018 ISACA John W. Lainhart IV Common Body of Knowledge Award recipient, who is a huge proponent of giving back. “You should volunteer and get involved with ISACA because it is important, hard work,” he said. “It’s work that will put you in touch with the best in your industry at the local and international level, and working with the best makes you better as well.”
As internal auditors, we’ve seen an uptick in usage of the term “Agile” in reference to how more and more companies are developing software. Agile software development has grown increasingly popular as both software and non-software companies transition from traditional development methodologies, such as the waterfall model, to a value-driven Agile approach. Like any auditable area, this requires internal auditors to understand the key concepts, evaluate the risks and determine how to effectively audit the process based on pre-defined objectives. However, that’s not the purpose of this blog post. What we auditors find even more intriguing is how the values and principles behind Agile software development apply to the field of internal auditing.
By now, most practitioners have heard (probably from a few different sources) that organizations struggle when it comes to finding, hiring and retaining the right resources for information security and/or cybersecurity professionals. There has been quite a bit written about this trend: the impact that it has on security efforts within enterprise, advice and guidance about how to staff and manage your security team in light of the talent challenges, strategies for working around it, etc. However, there is another potential angle that is comparatively less analyzed: the impact to existing practitioners – both in the short and long term – in light of the shortage.
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