The carrot and the stick: Security rewards and recognition

How do you incentivize people to participate in your security program? Are you using a carrot or a stick? Security rewards and recognition are crucial for the success of your security belt program.A security belt program is a level-based, achievement-oriented security educational experience. By creating a program with multiple levels, you provide your learners with the opportunity to make their way through the “journey.”

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What I learned in Year Four of MY "Security Journey.”​

2019 was quite a year for Security Journey, as we added additional team members, and are about to double the size of our sales staff. I've recounted a startup adage I've heard a few times from different places: with startups, you get the highest highs and the lowest lows. What nobody tells you when you start is that sometimes they happen on the same day.

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What I learned in Year Three of MY "Security Journey"​

Startups are challenging. They push you to the edge and back. I'm proud to say that Security Journey is continuing to grow as we complete our third year, and look into our fourth. We hired our first employee a few months back, to focus on sales. We are looking for a primary Senior Security Learning Consultant to help us deliver on our content roadmap for 2019. Our customer reach continues to grow.

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What I Learned in Year Two of MY "Security Journey"

I'm two years into Security Journey as Co-Founder and CEO. We've already beaten the odds by surviving our first and second birthdays, for which I am very thankful. This has been a year of new product releases, customers, connections, and lessons learned. We are still bootstrapping our product development efforts and learning on the fly.

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What I Learned in Year One of MY "Security Journey"

It has been almost a year since I left my cushy job at Cisco Systems and embarked on my own "Security Journey" as CEO of my own company. I'm writing this down as much for myself as for anyone who might read it. I'm writing this to remind myself what I've learned in the last year, and to chronicle some of the challenges of launching Security Journey.

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The day I met John Chambers.... and quit

The day was November 5, 2015, and the place San Jose, California. I was hosting the Cisco SecCon 2015. SecCon is the yearly Cisco internal security conference where the power players gather together. I've directed a team of volunteers that deliver the conference for the past two years. Our keynote speaker for the day was John Chambers, Executive Chairman of Cisco Systems, and Chief Executive Officer for 20+ years.

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