12 security career-killers (and how to avoid them)

Don't let these missteps hamper your professional ambitions.

The stories are out there: the smart co-workers who get in their own way instead of getting ahead.

CISOs know them, too. One remembers a brilliant employee who liked to remind others how smart she was and how she deserved way more money than she was making. Another recalls a talented staffer who did exactly what was required, but nothing more. Neither made it very far, as their bosses finally had enough of their drag on morale and decided to let them go.

Those are just two of the many ways to kill your career, say CISOs, career coaches and executive consultants. Some actions, such as illegally accessing computer systems, are obviously fireable offenses, while numerous others will simply halt any upward mobility.

Skipping over the outright unethical and illegal behaviors (which professionals should already know not to do), here are 12 common traits that security leaders say will keep you from advancing your cybersecurity career – and how you can avoid such a fate:

Believing security is the end goal

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