Career change to infosec?
July 13, 2017 2:28 PM   Subscribe

I'm considering a career change due to longstanding structural problems with the DVD and Blu-ray business. I'm attracted to infosec for the entertainment industry, on the post-production side but not necessarily the consumer side (more group policies, forensic watermarking, and OSI levels; less encrypted streaming or credit-card fraud detection).

I've been working in DVD for my entire adult life. My IT experience is basically ten years out-of-date (the last pure IT project I was responsible for was procuring, installing, configuring and supporting Xsan/StorNEXT to support Blu-ray compression and authoring in 2009). On the plus side, I learn quickly and have had to plan and implement ad-hoc solutions regularly to support antiquated disc production infrastructure on modern systems.

Can I pull off a mid-career switch from a highly-skilled team lead to a management-track in a different industry sector? What's the career path for infosec in general? How can I get up to speed for a team lead or middle management position? Which certifications offer the best bang for my buck? General industry and entertainment industry-specific advice welcome.
posted by infinitewindow to Computers & Internet (1 answer total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
 
> General industry and entertainment industry-specific advice welcome

No advice on that industry, but I am an infosec guy. This little thing is pretty great. Good overview of the various infosec domains. You can use that to see where your skillset aligns. Typically for sysadmin types, the "network security admin" is the easiest transition.

>Can I pull off a mid-career switch from a highly-skilled team lead to a management-track in a different industry sector?

Pretty difficult but depends on your skillsets. Typically those ranks have high technical skills across multiple domains and years of experience.

> What's the career path for infosec in general?

Really varies since it's so broad - there are non-technical infosec jobs - but lots of the best start from programming or sysadmin/netadmin roles.

> How can I get up to speed for a team lead or middle management position?

For that role I would want to see deep technical knowledge, wide security experience to mentor junior team members, and softskills like PM. You may try a very narrow focus, like with a specific tool.

> Which certifications offer the best bang for my buck?


Again it varies. Lots of management types look into CISM and CISSP but both of those have a minimum work experience requirements.
posted by anti social order at 8:20 PM on July 15


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