What do you like about your job?
I wear many hats here and that's actually one of the two things I like about it -- the variety. I'm the security specialist here when it comes to internal work, as well as at our client sites. I support all of our internal IT and I manage our engineering department from a technical point of view.
The other reason: the owners of the company itself.
What bothers you about your job?Typically when I deal with clients -- paying clients, family or even friends -- who ask me about computer security and, after listening to me, they won't even take my advice. They either don't want to spend a few dollars or deal with the aggravation of changing a password.
How do you overcome this?
I tell them what could happen and I try to put in terms of their background. For example, if the client I'm talking to is the CFO, I say, "If you don't accept our security recommendations, you'll be exposed and this is what it will cost you in terms of dollars versus what it will cost you if you spend a few dollars now."
Of what are you most proud?
I came in and said we need to have a general awareness of security. They might not take all of the advice, but they're finally starting to get it, especially if we can show them results.