A Day In the Life of a Security Officer

What constitutes being overcautious? At what point can vigilance – the trait of any dedicated security expert – be considered paranoia? And to what degree should a security expert take work home?

In an online profile, Mary Brandel of Computerworld asked five security chiefs how their jobs carry over into their personal lives. “Their precautions may occasionally seem extreme, but take heed – even these experts aren’t always immune to credit card fraud or identity theft,” Brandel writes.

Stanton Gatewood, Chief of Information Security, Georgia Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, told Computerworld he secures his home computers to the hilt and safeguards his house with a keyless entry system, automated lights, cameras and more. He uses a credit-watching service. And according to family members, he gets a “stare,” not unlike a Vietnam vet, when people talk about the Internet because he has “seen too much.”

Richard Gunthner, Vice president of global security with MasterCard, said he is no more cautious than his neighbours, except that he carefully chooses his airline, when travelling, based on the company’s safety record. He also reads his kids’ text messages periodically, an agreement he made with them before giving them access, wanting them to be “educated but not totally sheltered.”

Brandel also spoke with Leslie Lambert, CISO at Juniper Networks, who has trained her travel companions to be vigilant for potential attackers and has a shredder “at every turn” of her home; Roland Cloutier, CSO of ADP, who openly monitors his daughter’s digital activity and uses content filters on his home computers; and Alan Nutes, Security Manager with the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, who used to book separate flights for himself and his wife when their kids were young, just in case.

To read the Computerworld article, click here: