Ten tweets with Brian Honan

Brian Honan, infosec consultant, blogger, author and founder & head of Ireland’s Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT), gives us his responses to ten questions in 140 characters or less

I'm asking industry leaders, security executives and managers, and other noteworthy security names to answer ten questions on Twitter. This month, Brian Honan, infosec consultant, blogger, author and founder & head of Ireland’s Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT), gives us his responses to ten questions in 140 characters or less.

Joan Goodchild @msjoanieg: Greetings, Brian! Let's start with hearing about your background. How did you get into a security profession?

BrianHonan ‏@BrianHonan: I worked for a financial org in the 80s who were introducing PCs to the biz. My role was supporting them, which included security

@msjoanieg Tell us a bit more how your career path has evolved over the years.

@BrianHonan I moved from internal support, into a consulting role, then management responsible for 24x7 service & started my own firm in 2004.

@msjoanieg You're also founder and head of Ireland's CSIRT. How has that effort impacted security and the industry in your country?

@BrianHonan I hope it has raised awareness of threats facing Ireland, how to deal with them & how orgs should better manage their response

@msjoanieg What's your security "philosophy"?

@BrianHonan It’s security should support & enable the business. So we need to engage on all aspects, risk, tech, people, policy & procedures

@msjoanieg Interesting. What do you consider to be the biggest challenge in your career in carrying out that philosophy?

@BrianHonan Getting security ppl to realise its not just about the tech & learn to live with the fact there is no such thing as 100% security

@msjoanieg What's the best career or security advice you have ever received?

@BrianHonan "Keep your CV up to date you're a breach away from a new job" :) Seriously tho, "engage & share with your peers & the business"

@msjoanieg Ha! OK, what trends would you point to as the major catalysts for change in security over the last decade? 

@BrianHonan The decentralisation of our data to PCs, remote acess, mobile devices, & now cloud services. BYOD is an extension of that trend

@msjoanieg Fill in the blank: If I didn't work in security I would ______

@BrianHonan "have a lot less stress in my work :) But it may not be as interesting and challenging as it is"

@msjoanieg Right. Never a dull moment in security. So, who or what inspires you?

@BrianHonan Those working to improve the industry & how we protect ourselves. Many go unnoticed as they do it simply to make things better

@msjoanieg Speaking of others in the industry, pass the buck now: Who should CSO tweet with next?

@BrianHonan I think @rik_ferguson would be a great guest and would have some interesting stories to share :)

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