I realize that headline is ridiculous but stick with me here.
So I’ve been working at the same place for ages (non-IT role) and did a small internship in my off time with them to finish my degree. It’s a very small company and we have 1 IT guy who knows enough to keep things running and outsources pretty much everything else.
The plan has always been for me to join our IT team once I complete my degree and train up my replacement, but it was not super clear in what capacity. I was just now told that they’d like me to essentially become our security manager while taking extra classes on the side to help bring more of that outsourced work in house.
It seems like a hell of a lot of expectation has been heaped on someone who hasn’t even held an IT position before, but they’ve assured me that for at least the first 6 months I’ll have my own contact with our outsourced IT company to help keep things on track.
I’m anxious as hell because this is a ton of pressure but am also very excited to dive in.
1) Is my company making a good choice here? Because even I’m looking at this and still thinking maybe this isn’t the best choice for them to make, y,know… from a security perspective, but they’re pretty insistent on it.
2) If you were in my shoes, what do I start studying right now to prepare myself for jumping into real world security work? What can I do to prepare me for this insane trial by fire?