2013 personal review and 2014 plans

Happy New Year readers ūüôā

So it’s that time again, new year, new plans and all that.

Before I look ahead to my plans for 2014, how was 2013?

The educational highlight for 2013 was completing my Masters project and gaining my MSc in ‘Distributed Systems and Networks’.

I also managed to attend a few interesting conferences including Infosec, F5, and Information Security Forum.  Relevant notes from these events were uploaded to this blog throughout the year.

My education fail for the year was not getting round to taking my TOGAF exam. ¬†This is one of those things that looks like it may be career useful, but I am not particularly passionate about. ¬†I have completed the course and worked in environments where it is applied, so understand the framework and how to use it, however getting motivated to do the exam has failed to reach the top of my to-do list. ¬†I’ll see how this year goes, 2014 may be the year I get round to it.

Work wise it was all change in 2013 as well with my move from Canada Life to WorldPay in January. ¬†One of the best moves I have made, Canada Life was a pleasant place to work, but the slowest and least dynamic company I have ever been in.. Some people are very happy there, but it wasn’t for me! ¬†WorldPay is considerably more dynamic and being a payment processor places a high value on doing things securely which makes my roles as a security architect very rewarding.

There are a lot of changes happening at WorldPay so watch this space for updates on my career and where it si heading. ¬†One way or another I’ll definitely be staying the in the security field, and very likely architecture.

Which brings us nicely onto 2014..

From a work project perspective this year is still very much up in the air, some projects I definitely know about include;

РNew SIEM solution unifying the log correlation solution across the business,

РCreating security road maps and strategy,

– A considerable amount of application security and WAF (Web Application Firewall) work,

– Implementing APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) protection and detection,

– Supporting the design and creation of a new Security Operations Centre,

– Setting up various avenues to better integrate security with the wider business so we can communicate better with stake holders and customers,

– Several other things not yet ready for disclosure but I will update on what I can throughout the year.

One of my main plans for this year is to get more involved with the business as I am pretty good at staying abreast of security and the technical side of things, but don’t always have as much involvement and awareness of the business as I perhaps could / should.

As a starter for 10, given that my last three role have been in the financial sector I have recently started reading the economist which is surprisingly interesting.  I have also picked up a couple of projects such as the one mentioned above around communicating better with the business to aid this in my current role as well wider industry awareness.

Other than that 2014 will include my graduation ceremony, some conferences, and likely some further study.  Time permitting I may also submit speaking proposals to a couple of conferences, but this is very much a maybe.

I’ll also be working to implement some more of the tips from the Productivity Ninja to aid planning and organisation.

What are your plans for the year?

Here’s to a successful 2014!

K