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[ISN] What it's like to make the wrong job switch

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Date: Thu Jan 06 2011 - 11:27:16 GMT

By Bill Brenner
Senior Editor
January 05, 2011

Some of you know the drill: You've been in the same job a long time and
you start to feel bored, frustrated, complacent, or maybe a mix of those
things. You get an offer from another company that promises you more
money, more travel and more opportunity to make a mark on the security

Then you get there and discover it's not the job you signed up for.

Now what do you do?

Erin Jacobs, executive vice president and CSO at Chicago-based UCB and a
CSO Compass Award honoree in 2010, knows the feeling. She left that
company earlier this year to be engagement director for security
consultancy IOActive. Things didn't go as planned, but she was lucky
enough to be able return to UCB—in a more powerful position than the one
she left.

After 10 years of being the top management executive in information
security and IT over two organizations and not being anywhere close to
retirement, she asked herself if she was learning enough to sustain her
career over the long haul.

With the economy's fluctuation and the landscape of security constantly
changing, there is no room for complacency, she says. After she voiced
her concerns to an industry colleague, that colleague offered her a
position with a company she highly respected: IOActive.


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