Nothing Says “ I Love You” Like an Information Security Career Development Seminar – RSA -Feb 14, 2011

January 7, 2011

The RSA Conference is traditionally known as one of the marquee information security conferences in the United States.  This year, the conference organizers have decided to create a pre conference seminar that is focused exclusively on the information security professional’s career development. The seminar is included with all paid conference admissions.  Personally I was honored when the program committee asked me to co-host the event and contribute to the content of the agenda.

Different then past RSA events, the Seminar is scheduled outside of the main conference tracks, where it does not compete with the highly technical presentations or the key notes.  By doing this, they have enabled all delegates to dedicate time to focus on their careers – and to learn how to best maximize their current positions and strive to attain their long term career aspirations.  The program is designed to take the Information Security professionals through a journey that will provide them with both content and context for managing their careers.

The Seminar will take place on Monday afternoon, February 14th from 12:30 – 5:00PM.

On  the upcoming Fridays leading up to the conference, The InfoSec Leaders blog will feature an in depth abstract and preview to the content of the panels and the individual presentations.

The agenda for the seminar will be as follows:

A panel discussion, moderated by seminar co-host Mike Gentile, that will address  current state of the information security market, the skills that employers are looking for, and trends in today’s employment market.

An individual presentation from InfoSecLeaders’ Mike Murray on Career Planning.  This presentation will help guide the attendees through some basic steps to create a career plan tailored to achieving their long term information security career and life goals.

A presentation given by Jeff Combs focusing on differentiation and personal brand development.  Jeff will utilize his decade long experience as an Information Security executive recruiter to illustrate to the attendees how to make themselves more marketable and attractive – to both their current employers and future ones.

A presentation by me, Lee Kushner, that will focus on the skill requirements for the CISO of the future.  From our Infosecleaders survey we learned that 37% of the respondents aspired to become a CSO/CISO.  This presentation will outline the real skills that company’s are requiring and demanding from their Information Security Leaders of the future.

The seminar will then conclude with a panel discussion (moderated by me) of three current Information Security Leaders – Stephen Scharf, CSO Experian, Patrick Heim, CISO Kaiser Permanente, and John Kirkwood, Global CISO of Royal Ahold who will discuss their own careers paths and progressions, how they select and identify future information security leaders, what skills and attributes they search for in employees, and where they are heading next in their careers.  The panel will allow questions from the audience.

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