Information Security Management 101: The Fundamentals

Did you know I went to school to be a music teacher?

I’ve played piano and trumpet since I was 10 years old. Taught myself to play guitar when I was 16. When it was time for me to go to college, I started as a double major in Computer Science and Music Composition. Within the first year, I dropped CompSci (when would I ever need to know that much about computers?), and I switched from Music Composition to Music Education. For the rest of my college career, I studied voice and sang in one of the best collegiate choirs in the world.

Suffice it to say that when I landed a job as the information security manager for a multibillion dollar international luxury retailer, tasked with implementing and maintaining a security program that supported their PCI compliance efforts, I had a few things to learn.

One of the first things I learned: pick a security framework that aligns with your business goals.

I learned a LOT in that role, and I made some pretty sweeping changes to the infosec program. After I moved to Jacadis, I took that hands-on experience and put together a short presentation with the hopes that I could spare other infosec pros some of the pain and frustration I experienced along the way. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to share this presentation at nine (9) different security conferences and professional group chapter meetings, not to mention the 20-minute version I shared via Hacker Hotshots.

Whether you’re brand new to infosec or you’ve been at it for decades, chances are you’ll find some info in this presentation that will help you with your own challenges.

If you want to discuss anything from the presentation in more detail, drop me a line. I’m always up for a chat.

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