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How I Became A CISO: Jennings Aske, Nuance Communications
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RoxanneCYounger
RoxanneCYounger,
User Rank: Apprentice
11/15/2014 | 5:47:40 AM
Re: English majors
good one.
ClassC
ClassC,
User Rank: Apprentice
11/13/2014 | 6:03:17 PM
Re: English majors

@Kelly  Jackson Higgins    I agree.  There is something to majoring in English as it relates to tech.   CEO's and other execs  love nothing better than have a well written report as to the status of the department or what is or is not getting done.    

So the ability to communicate in both forms will set you apart, sometimes I think it is best for those entering the field to major is something other than the traditional tech majors, even want to be something else - if it doesn't work out you always can go into tech and excel.

Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
11/11/2014 | 3:31:48 PM
Re: English majors
Or make sure comp sci majors get a solid foundation in the liberal arts..
Kelly Jackson Higgins
Kelly Jackson Higgins,
User Rank: Strategist
11/11/2014 | 2:57:00 PM
Re: English majors
White-hat hackers are usually quite creative, so maybe we should start recruiting liberal arts majors for the field rather than just comp sci majors. 
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
11/11/2014 | 2:54:39 PM
Re: English majors
"... It makes me wonder if our system of higher education does enough to entice people ..."

Good point. I mentioned in my other post. We do not really educate students on security, the classes focus on threats and vulnerabilities, it is like a reactive approach to whole security problems
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
11/11/2014 | 2:52:30 PM
Re: English majors
"... There's something about literary analysis, creativity ... "

I agree. Creativity would make a critical difference in responding to threats in today's environment. We need to me more creative than a person who poses the tread to end the cycle of security issues
Dr.T
Dr.T,
User Rank: Ninja
11/11/2014 | 2:49:49 PM
How to be CISO
 

We do not really teach CISO major in universities today we just simply give information around threats and vulnerabilities and possible countermeasures in security classes. As we consider Security is a journey and the leaning is part of that journey too. You would never know what comes tomorrow and you do not know what your course of action would be.
Marilyn Cohodas
Marilyn Cohodas,
User Rank: Strategist
11/11/2014 | 8:17:23 AM
Re: English majors
I found it particularly illuminating that "Aske was an English major who just happened to build PCs and crystal radio sets for fun in his spare time." It makes me wonder if our system of higher education does enough to entice people with highly developed left and right brains to pursue careers in infosec, rather than just fall into it like Jennings. 

 
Kelly Jackson Higgins
Kelly Jackson Higgins,
User Rank: Strategist
11/10/2014 | 5:02:18 PM
English majors
As a fellow English major, I was intrigued to hear about Aske's background. More and more, I'm seeing security folks with liberal arts backgrounds in what used to be considered fairly technical roles. There's something about literary analysis, creativity and strong writing and communications skills that dovetails nicely into security. Not what any of us thought we would be doing, but it worked out very nicely. 


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