This is a story of how a career setback turned out to be a setup for something bigger.
It was the year 2000, and I had just gone through a layoff. I was a network engineer and felt I needed some way to stand out in the crowd. Days later I was at a bookstore looking at technical books when I came upon a CISSP title. What was this?
I opened it and it was a security certification for a Certified Information Systems Security Professional. It was a professional certification – not from a hardware or software vendor, but from an international nonprofit membership association, ISC2.org, the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium.