2020 was bleak for the security industry. Some see it as the worst year ever. Problems at home after the Corona 19 pandemic, various election-related suspicions, SolarWinds infringement, country-led cyber attacks abroad, new ransomware, shortage of global cyber talent, mistakes of government leaders, etc. none.
The line that fits perfectly with the damn feelings of the present is the words Dr. Marty told Marty in the movie’Back to the Future’, “No matter what, don’t go in 2020!
Whoever blames (or doesn’t) blame for the failures in 2020, Bruce Schneier says the best path left for us after the Solarwind breach is for the vast majority of Fortune 500 companies to burn out the network and then build it from scratch.
However, even if public and private organizations follow this radical approach, many questions follow. Are you redesigning the same network architecture? Can the same people, processes, and technologies (with known vulnerabilities patched) prevent attackers in the future? Is it reasonable to do the same thing and expect different results? And have we learned something in the last decade, or even last year?
Let’s get back to the story of my second favorite trilogy of all movies. There are many good lessons about life in the movie’Back to the Future’. Reflecting on this topic during the holiday season and watching the trilogy again, I’ve compiled the most important lessons cyber professionals (and other IT professionals) can learn from this masterpiece on career management.
1. Work with experts that I trust and believe in me.
I love the fact that this movie spans generations. In addition to the relationship between Dr. Marty and the parents and grandparents, despite the completely different surroundings, it appears in the part that has passed down through generations. Whatever happens in the trilogy, the key is relationships.
Understanding the past helps us understand the present and the future. It’s easy to assume that we made that decision because we were the person we were, and not because of the circumstances they experienced. As you learn more about the past, you can see their actions in context and know how they got to the present situation. Also, knowing the history can help you avoid repeating the same mistakes.
Tip 1. Ask a coworker you trust about the important decisions they made (whether good or bad) and how they affected your situation.
2. Believe in yourself and don’t mind if people call you “cowards”.
Throughout the trilogy, Marty McFly reacts violently whenever someone calls herself “coward.” However, at the end of the third episode, where he may die in a confrontation with Burford “Mad Dog” Tannon, Marty realizes that whatever Tannon (or any other hostile person) calls him does not matter.
After learning this lesson, Marty refused the 1985 auto race, and this decision saved the car accident. Previously, in the second episode, there was a scene where Marty was injured in his wrist due to this car accident, unable to play the guitar, and was fired from a future (2015) job.
Whenever I think of what my goals are in my career and who I want to please and why, I have to ask myself.
Cybersecurity professionals should trust themselves rather than focus on the negative opinions that are obviously raised by competitors in the industry. As Mark Victor Hansen advises, “If you write down your dreams and goals on paper, you begin the process of becoming the person you want to be the most. You have to leave your future to someone you can trust, yourself.”
Tip 2: Periodically review your goals and plans with a trusted mentor who can support your action plan. In addition, if you constantly recreate your career with the attitude of learning for a lifetime and develop your skills in various situations, you can succeed no matter what happens in cyberspace.
3. Don’t stop thinking about the future. In the field of security, in particular, you can learn a lot about the future reality from the past.
Predicting the future is difficult in every part of life, but especially in technology and cybersecurity. However, we must not neglect the work of connecting the scattered dots of cyber trends. That’s why I spend a lot of time every year looking at and looking at the security industry.
Of course, no one predicted the global Corona 19 pandemic of the next year in 2019, so there was a lot of fundamental lack of perspective on 2020. But the prophets accurately foresaw much else.
Five years ago, I wrote an article in CSO Magazine entitled, “Why are security predictions increasing and what are the benefits?” The end of the article is as follows.
“The more the security and technology industries grow, the more forecasts come out. From the Internet of Things to robots and self-driving cars, will there be fewer stories about security and privacy by 2020? I don’t think so.”
Predictions have been around for a while and will not disappear. In fact, predictions are just beginning. Congratulations to the security industry and welcome to the center stage of the massive circus. It’s a big circus, and it’s also where all kinds of things happen. Now, more security predictions are emerging than ever before, so my predictions were correct.
Tip 3: Take the time to think about your future career in your specialty. Reminiscent of a back to the future trilogy, reflecting all your goals and projecting your own future will help you understand the current situation and decide what to do next. Thinking about your options in the future can give you insights into what’s going on today and what the real implications of decision making.
One last thing, Bill Gates said, “We always overestimate the change in two years, and underestimate the change that will happen in ten years.” Do not fall into indolence. firstname.lastname@example.org
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