Leaving CSO, Heading to Akamai

I wrote this in my personal blog yesterday, but am running it here as well for those who know my work exclusively through Salted Hash.

I wrote this in my personal blog yesterday, but am running it here as well for those who know my work exclusively through Salted Hash.

After five excellent years as senior editor and managing editor of CSOonline.com and CSO Magazine, I’m moving on. Starting June 3, I’ll be a senior program manager at Akamai Technologies in Cambridge, Mass. I’m stoked about this new challenge.

I’m announcing my new adventure here because it’s the best way to reach the most people, since this blog is read by friends, family and many in the information security community.

Let’s address some questions:

Why leave? The news will surprise some folks because I’ve always done this job with child-like glee. It’s been the best job I’ve had up to this point, and I didn’t start 2013 with plans to go anywhere. But along the way this and other opportunities arose, and the process of talking to people made me realize I needed to take the next step in my career. I’ve gotten too comfortable, which puts me at risk of becoming complacent. Complacency is never acceptable to me.

Will you still be in the security industry? Will you still be writing for a living? Yes and yes. In fact, this change takes me deeper into the security community. That’s one of the things I wanted: to become less of a journalist and more of an advocate for this industry because I find the work done here so vital to the peace and prosperity of the world.

In the new job, I’ll be blogging, podcasting and creating in-depth reports and multimedia packages about the state of global security through the Akamai prism. It’s huge prism: At last check, the company was handling tens of billions of daily Web interactions for 90 of the top 100 online U.S. retailers, 29 of the top 30 global media and entertainment companies, nine of the top 10 world banks, and all branches of the U.S. military.

I’ll still write about what’s going on in the larger world of infosec (information security, for the uninitiated), and my job will involve a lot of community outreach. But now I’ll have Akamai’s data to compare with what other companies are seeing.

Above all, I’ll be telling the story of Akamai’s security program, which is powerful but not as universally understood as it could be.

When do you start? I can’t wait to get started, but I will wait June 3. My remaining time at CSO will be for finishing up my current project load and ensuring that the group is in good shape when I leave. I owe them that and more. They’ve been truly fabulous to me, and I’ve made many friends for life. CSO and IDG will always hold a special place in my heart.

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