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Senior Advisor

When people ask me what I do, I say, “I make an iPhone app.” They understand immediately, and explain it to others as, “He makes an iPhone app.” I never forget how fortunate I am that I can be proud of what I do. ~ Marco Arment

via Doctor of Social Imagineering | Macdrifter.

My title is Senior Advisor. Outside of my employer, I’ve never seen it used to describe anything I do. Most of my peers in the industry go by the title Senior Analyst. At least with that title people assume I spend my time analyzing something. But in fact both titles are generic. They don’t mean much of anything. Even after I tell people I work in the Information Security department I still get blank looks. Senior Advisor in Information Security doesn’t improve understanding. I usually end up having to add more detail. Here’s what I came up with after a few years of trying to explain it.

I help develop security strategy, architecture, process and policy to manage the security risks associated with employee access to the Internet and serve as an advisor to the Network Security and Security Awareness programs.

Does it work? Sometimes. But then I have to explain Security Awareness.  Am I proud of what I do?  Yes, but explaining it to non-technical folks isn’t always simple.