Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What do you think are qualities of a good mentor?

Yesterday, I asked the followers of @InfoSecMentors what they thought the qualities of a good mentor are. Not surprisingly, many thought that the best qualities were patience and communication skills. As Kevin Riggins said, it's "the ability to guide instead of fix and to listen instead of talk." It's no coincidence that the qualities that make someone a good mentor are also the qualities that make for a successful information security professional. In security, we deal with high level concepts every day, and it can sometimes take years to understand these issues. This can be as daunting for a newbie to the industry as it is to the stakeholders that receive our security reports. A mentor helps someone with less experience in the field navigate this challenge with success.

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