Ernest Cline’s sci-fi novel, Ready Player One, centers on users’ experience within the OASIS—a highly advanced, fully immersive simulation. In the book, people prefer living in virtual reality rather than their own because of all the information and possibilities it offers.
Even when the developments might’ve been considered fairly primitive by modern standards, technological progress has always been a definitive characteristic of humanity. Like any new tool, technology has infinite capacity to be used in all the wrong ways—in this, atomic and biological weapons come to mind. And even with better intentions, sometimes technological impact can still skew negatively, such as when society’s immense reliance on it harms our environment, health, or thought patterns.
What keeps security professionals up at night isn’t the idea of outsider threats attacking their companies—it’s their employees. Nearly 61 percent of security leaders surveyed said their biggest issue is worrying about negligent or malicious employees, which they claim are responsible for over half of their organization’s data breaches or security incidents.
The audit world isn’t as scary as people make it out to be. But there are things that you can only learn in the audit profession through experience and not in the classroom. Here are some of the biggest takeaways I learned as a first year auditor:
One of the most effective ways of approaching professional development is by using collaborative approaches. Or, as Eleanor Roosevelt once said, do one thing every day that scares you. I imagine that might be just as effective when it comes to professionally developing oneself and, as a result, personal skills with it. Here are three areas to consider dedicating attention to on the job if you desire to take personal development to new heights.
Identifying changes that must be made is the easy part. Managing those changes successfully—not so simple! Organizations today need to be extraordinary at adapting to or influencing changes in technology, policy, and procedure. Those who adjust well aren’t phased by the fast pace of the market or the constant evolutions in technology and security standards. Those who struggle with change constantly operate in a reactive state, and fail to properly strategize their business moves.