I finally decided that it was time to move on to a job, in which all I do is information security. Yesterday I accepted an offer with another department on campus and will be starting in this new role April 16th.
Because MSU uses union titles that don’t describe the specific role, it is difficult to say for certain what my real title would be. Having closely read the job posting, comparing it to other postings on job boards and what I know of InfoSec careers, I would describe it as “Information Security Analyst”.
It will be refreshing to get away from certain aspects of my current job: specifically support. I’m done crawling under people’s desks, thank you.
The best part of this move is that I will be able to devote all of my attention and research to InfoSec.
The whole “job search” process was interesting this time around. I interviewed at MANY different places, for all sorts of security related positions. I turned down a number of offers and had some exciting and interesting opportunities.
The two positions I narrowed it down to are the one I accepted (obviously) and a permanent position as an “Information Assurance Analyst” doing contract work for the Department of Defense. I would have had secret and IT-1 security clearance. It sounded exciting, but I decided that MSU was the best fit.
MSU is a 13 minute commute as opposed to an hour for the DoD and I can pursue a college degree here at MSU.