January 20, 2021

The “Dark Side” Of Working Cyber Security

Hey all,

To be brief; I wanted to take a quick look at what some of the professionals here deem the “dark side” of the job. I’m aspiring to work in C-Sec one day (in school currently), and being an adult with a ton of work experience I know that even seemingly good jobs have dark sides (or unexpected difficulties) to them. I’ve heard from a few of my professors (one of whom has worked in plenty of IT Security jobs) that security personnel can face criminal charges in certain instances if negligence can be demonstrated in the context of a data breach, let’s say.

Well, holy ****, that sounds dark. How often does something like this happen, and is it a common anxiety? If so, I can see quite clearly why there’d be such a dirth of security professionals; working a job with little legal risk is hard enough. And regardless of what the answer to that particular question is, what would you say are the hardest parts of the job?

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Thanks!

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