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How One Challenging Gig with My Band Prepared Me for a Career in Cybersecurity

by VPNHaus | 07/14/2015 | Expert Q&A, Industry Commentary, IT policy, Posts

Sometimes, connections between work and play appear when they're least expected. You wouldn't expect, for example, a guitar-shredding metal-head to carry over much from his time on stage to his career in cybersecurity, but that's exactly what happened to Julian Weinberger, CISSP and Director of Systems Engineering for NCP engineering.

Julian isn't performing in the U.S. anymore, but during his time in Germany, one gig in particular brought so many challenges that he still thinks about it today.

We sat down with Julian to discuss what happened that night.

What specific event involving your band has taught you the most about working in security and business continuity?

A few years ago, after hustling to line up free gigs, I landed my first paid performance. Unfortunately, I ran into myriad unanticipated issues: a string on my first guitar broke, my backup guitar didn’t work, my cable made weird noises, and, as if that wasn’t enough, my in-ear system stopped working.

Although none of these issues were my fault, they wreaked havoc on the gig – and when you’re hired to entertain, you risk not being paid if you're unable to deliver, regardless of the circumstances. It’s similar with enterprise network security. If things break — and they will — you need to be prepared with a plan to fix it.

So how did you respond on stage? And what did that teach you about security?

When performing on stage, technical difficulties must be fixed within seconds, and it’s the same case with security. For instance, if your microphone cuts out – or worse, your organization is faced with security issues – you need to respond immediately to minimize damage. No one likes to go home in the middle of a concert, and no one likes his or her productivity interrupted due to a technology failure that could have been prevented.

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