Thanks for the memories

Today marks my final day at SC Magazine after more than 7-1/2 years.

Beginning next week, I will be taking on the role of manager of online content at the Chicago-based information security company Trustwave, a newly created position for which I'm very excited.

I leave SC with a heavy heart.

My first day was Jan. 16, 2006, when I joined as a reporter. Here's the first-ever story I wrote. Surprise, surprise: It was about a data breach.

My final day is today, Sept. 3, 2013, and here is my final story. As if it were scripted, the piece is about the state of data breach lawsuits.

Seems like the perfect bookends.

In between, I wrote thousands of articles, ranging from breaking news to blog posts to 3,000-word covers; recorded hundreds of videos, podcasts and webcasts; and probably conducted tens of thousands of interviews. I've watched SC in the U.S. dynamically grow and further entrench itself as the go-to IT security trade publication for professionals. And all along, the monthly print magazine stayed strong, even as the climate for news consumption and ad dollars hastily moved online.

When I think about the expanse of time I have dedicated to this publication, it takes my breath away. Spending one fifth of my life here truly is a testament to how much I've believed in this title and how wonderful and talented my co-workers have been. So thanks to them and thanks to all of my sources.

But most importantly, thank you, the reader. I hope I've helped to inform, educate and maybe even entertain you over the past many years.

Happily, I'll be remaining in this wonderfully vibrant industry, albeit in a different role, but one in which I plan to produce important content for you nonetheless.

Thanks for the memories. And I'm looking forward to creating new ones.

You can find me on Twitter: @DanKaps.

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