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Steph

Steph is a Security Analyst with a background in journalism and web hosting. She is the creator and editor of StephAndSec.com which is a blog focused on technology, inclusion and lifetime learning. She’s also a chapter lead for Women In Security and learning as much as she can about anything and everything.

In this episode, Phil and Steph discuss what it takes to work in the IT security industry. They talk about why getting started in the sector is not as hard as people say it is. Steph shares insights into the future of IT security. She also talks about how to know when it is time to move on to another opportunity.

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StephAndSec.com – Check out Steph’s website!

2 Top Career Tips

1) If you want to work in security you need to be a curious and passionate person. Slight paranoia helps too, as does having good attention to detail. But, teams need a mix of traits and skills to be able to be effectively, so potentially anyone can work in the industry and be successful. A lot of industry veterans make it seem difficult to start a career in IT security. It is actually a lot easier than you think. So, don’t let them put you off of getting involved.
2) There is a saying if you are alone you can go fast, but if you are with people you can go far. Steph has found this to be true. It is important to build good connections with others and be a part of your work community.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

Steph knew she wanted to work in IT security from a early stage in her career. But, making the transition was a big struggle. She finally got into a position where the security team at the firm she was working for green-lit her to work with them. Sadly, she was not allowed to move out of her current team. She explains why that was and how she handled the situation, in the podcast.

Career Highlight

For Steph, this entire year has been one long highlight. So, was landing her first job in IT security. Better still she loves the work she is doing. All of that time and effort turned out to be worthwhile.

The Future

The future is not as predictable as you think which is exciting. The industry moves at a phenomenal rate, especially within the security sector. As does how things are done in the rest of the industry. The security side of things has had to move fast to keep up. This is one of the reasons it is so exciting to be involved in IT security.

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

It was her mum that suggested she take her love of computers and turn it into a career.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Fire your boss. If your boss is not compatible with you, life can be miserable and limit the scope of your career. In that situation, it is best to leave.

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

Find your passion. If like Steph you have not long started working in a sector you need to find your feet before deciding what area you will focus on.

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

Steph would worry less about what others think of the way she does things and how she fits in.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Right now, Steph is focusing on writing and finishing up school. Her aim is to become a Chief Information Security Officer (CSO).

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?

Being a good conversationalist. It helps her to draw people out and find out what they really need from her. Also, being a good writer.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Last year, Steph experienced burn out. That prompted her to focus on working for her community. It has helped her no end and keeps her energized.

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

Spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys writing in a non-tech format and reading.

Contact The Guest

Contact Steph through the following social media platforms:

Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/StephandSec

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephandsec

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