My experience started with an interest in radio-electronics and amateur radio in high school. This led to entering college with an eye on the broadcasting industry. A summer job in the law enforcement arena, however, introduced me to surveillance electronics. This led to switching majors to a criminal justice degree.
The first job I could get was working at an alarm company surveillance center, which was a great education in alarm electronics. Soon after, I joined Pinkerton’s and learned about corporate investigations, and joined their management training program. When they first started a technical information security consultant (TSCM) division, I was selected to work as the assistant to the department manager, an ex-CIA technical specialist. When he retired, I took over.
The next step was to start my own TSCM consulting firm. The point of all this is that security consulting is not something you aspire to in fifth grade. A policeman, a fireman, maybe. A TSCM security consultant, no. It is a profession I pinballed my way into by following my interests as they evolved.