Friday Feb 23
It’s Been a Year (or Three) Straddling the Fence of Hard and Soft Skills
Updated on Friday, 19 January 2018 05:51

It’s been more than a year since I’ve given you a meaningful blog post, and I made a commitment today to change that. Actually, I made the commitment three years ago to do that, and I’m finally acting on it. I’m made some other commitments, including presenting leadership and mindfulness content and conferences at the request of several professional friends, colleagues, and event managers.

So, here we are! I’m finally moving toward delivering more content around leadership, mindfulness, and organizational strategy for infosec.

If you’re interested, you can take a look back at my last thoughts as I embarked on the journey.

  • My Divine Comedy and InfoSec Purgatory: Personal notes from JJ
    “Truthfully, I’m still stuck here. It’s like purgatory for the technically-inclined. Call me Dante in Part II….
    What changed? I want to help people. Yes, I know; “hug a tree”, “adopt {$something}”, “volunteer {$somewhere}”, “find a hobby”. Don’t get me wrong, I always wanted to help people; I wanted to help them understand the technical intricacies of infrastructures; I wanted to help them understand planning and implementing security; I wanted to help them sift the actionable from the mundane data. But now, I want to help people in a different way. I want to help them enhance their lives; I want to help them enhance the lives of others; I want to help them build teams, develop trust, and create meaningful action that will change our industry. And through these actions I think a new, stronger, more effective breed of professionals will emerge — not through my work, but through the work of each professional committed to growth. This growth may be propelled through some instigation and incite from me and others that are like-minded; I’m not the only one. When I say “I” in these contexts, I refer to not me, but to all like-minded professionals of our field, for there are many, and I am one. “I” want to join the “we” of meaningful action.
  • InfoSec Life Lessons from Dr. Seuss- keynote debut and BruCon
    The opportunity to share a new message was a key point of my excitement at this conference. For the first time, I stepped completely outside of my comfort zone of technical content and in to a realm of virgin leadership territory. It was terrifying, exhilarating and I’m so happy to share it with you here. I’ll be talking more about working ‘on’ the industry, and I’ll share more of my journey and offer some explanations of my struggle on that journey and why I fell off the blog-wagon.
  • 3 Books that Changed My Life: Reading Lists from Infosec Pros
    The only guidance I offered was that they were to pick three books which changed their life, and explain why/how they were impacted. It was made clear the book content could be on any topic. I wasn’t disappointed, and I hope you’ll feel the same.