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Why you need a security buddy (and how to find one)

Michael Santarcangelo | May 23, 2013
By pairing a security professional with a non-security person, the two professionals can learn how to do their jobs better.

The key is finding and partnering with someone curious about security and able to teach the elements of what they do. This works across the business, including development, marketing and sales. In fact, security professionals focused on security awareness should make an effort to seek out a marketing or sales buddy.

Build a mutually beneficial program

Calling it the "buddy" program could work. Might be foolish. The name is not as important as the program. Select the right name to drive the right results.

Set the expectation that the goal is to learn as much as it is to share and explore (like teaching, but less formal). Seek a partner equally willing to participate. Find someone prepared to reveal candid insights, challenges, and opportunities.

Find out what others want to learn about. Then explore and practice ways to make the information accessible. Learn enough from the other person to bring security concepts to life in their world, using their words. In the process, learn more about how to ease security into the business.

Finding a security partner is educational. It creates friendships. It is a sure way to build a better security team. If you get stuck, send me a note. Together we can make it work.


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