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Anyone here doing Information Assurance?? Reviews - October 20, 2011, 11:19 AM

So I just decided to take on a new field and leave development for a while. So I was offered a new IA position. Trying to see what your reviews are? I am interested in Program Management as the end goal and thought the amount of security knowledge along with the development knowledge would be well rounded. As well, I am finishing up my MS in Engineering Management.


Anyone do IA and want to give a review. I am going to be a ISSO.


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+1 Serious Question....Who knows excel...trying to do this budget


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October 20, 2011, 11:33 AM

Hey hey...I am just not an excel dude... never needed it or had to use it in anything. Just started in my masters class. Never needed in undergrad or anywhere else. I was good on paper when it came to calculations....which is what most people are not.


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Hey hey...I am just not an excel dude... never needed it or had to use it in anything. Just started in my masters class. Never needed in undergrad or anywhere else. I was good on paper when it came to calculations....which is what most people are not.
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Here's the thing about IA that you should know if you get into it.

IA and information protection should support the mission, not the other way around.

Don't be that guy who places such ridiculous requirements on a system that usability goes to shit.

Always measure the cost of a control versus the potential cost of a breach.

And remember, the only 100 percent secure system is the one that is unplugged and disconnected, so don't neglect disaster recovery.

And don't be that jackass IASO that lords over his system like a little private fiefdom
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October 20, 2011, 11:41 AM

I've been in the field since 2001 and recently in program management; it pays well, lots of job opportunies in private and public. In some cases, one can avoid the 'support' type work operations people are in which necessitate shift work or being on call, etc.

It can be pretty rough in both pub and private sectors, but I've seen cushy gigs in both, too.

The trends of continued shitty vulnerable code (bad supply chain) in almost all COTS software, nation sponsored cyber esbionage/threats, and more and more technology/automation means one will never be busy and sometimes overwhelmed.


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Here's the thing about IA that you should know if you get into it.

IA and information protection should support the mission, not the other way around.

Don't be that guy who places such ridiculous requirements on a system that usability goes to shit.

Always measure the cost of a control versus the potential cost of a breach.

And remember, the only 100 percent secure system is the one that is unplugged and disconnected, so don't neglect disaster recovery.

And don't be that jackass IASO that lords over his system like a little private fiefdom

Oh most definitely not going to be that guy seeing that I am coming from software and always wondered why it was so much BS to get program that we knew were "secure". It was fine for DEV and TEST but could not be put on production systems. I am just trying to soak up all the knowledge I can and do my job. Getting sent off for Security+ and CISSP Training.


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I've been in the field since 2001 and recently in program management; it pays well, lots of job opportunies in private and public. In some cases, one can avoid the 'support' type work operations people are in which necessitate shift work or being on call, etc.

It can be pretty rough in both pub and private sectors, but I've seen cushy gigs in both, too.

The trends of continued shitty vulnerable code (bad supply chain) in almost all COTS software, nation sponsored cyber esbionage/threats, and more and more technology/automation means one will never be busy and sometimes overwhelmed.
All accurate here, but I want to make one point...

Many IA personnel's conscious avoidance of "support" operations leads to them being completely disconnected from the day-to-day requirements of working in IT. Leaving them ill-informed and resented.

Just like i feel that sysadmins should spend some time "in the trenches" as help desk personnel or management, I feel that IA personnel should spend some time in a sysadmin role before moving into IA. Keeps them grounded
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Yep did that first when I joined the company. I was a Windows and Unix SysAdmin. Did everything from damn unlocking people account and personally going to people desks to unlock and show them the basics all the ways to setting up blades and VM's using VMWare and so on. Definitely was one crazy ass job because of the planning and communication within the office. Found out Friday at 3:30pm(whoever was left in the office) that Saturday support was needed. We actually had 2 people stroke out from the stress of that damn help desk.


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October 20, 2011, 11:52 AM

Well then it sounds like you're set.

Remember, don't cut corners on risk analysis. Do an actual cost analysis. Sometimes risk acceptance is a better decision than implementing a complex, expensive control that adversely affects usability.
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Are you going to be an ISSO in a Reston facility?


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Off of Sunrise Valley?


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