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Ditto! Money has never motivated me. It has always been about learning and doing. Over the last few years, the pressure to succeed and provide for a family has made me focus more on the financial rewards. But I’ve started to realize that I am not happy about my work. I no longer look forward to the next day’s challenge. Now, I can’t wait for the weekend.

I realized that as a security professional, what I enjoyed the most was learning how things work, learning how to break it, and then finding ways to defend it from other breakers. I enjoyed vulnerability testing. But it’s been a while since I did any of that work. I have been too focused on business skills, policies and procedures and strategic thinking. It’s helped get me into the same room as the “C” suite. I get to be involved in large projects. But … it’s not enjoyable.

So … I want to go back to school. I don’t mean college. I mean taking a course on penetration testing and network reconnaissance. I mean getting back to where it all started for me in information security. I want my name to be Khürt “I break shit” Williams.

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