Ben Rothke’s Review of Develop Your Cybersecurity Career Path


Ben Rothke has reviewed over 700 books on a range of topics. One of his most frequent topics is Cybersecurity. Suffice it to say he knows a thing or two because he’s read a book or two. Over 5,000 people have found his reviews helpful and CISO DRG is very proud of Gary Hayslip, Chris Foulon and Renee Small for writing Develop Your Cybersecurity Career Path, Ben’s most recent review subject. Thank you Ben – your reviews are always insightful.

Ben posted his review on Oct 1 and gave Develop Your Cybersecurity Career Path 5 stars. Here is the full review:

One does not have to drive very long down a highway to see billboards with programs encouraging people to sign-up to get trained in a career in the lucrative field of information security. Articles such as The 10 fastest-growing jobs of the next decade, Wanted: Millions of cybersecurity pros. Salary: Whatever you want, and other similar pieces have created a feeding frenzy in the information security space.

While those articles are often more histrionic than accurate, the reality remains that there are indeed many information security jobs open. As I wrote in The fallacy of the information security skill shortage, a large part of the so-called information security skills shortage has more to do with firms that refuse to pay market rates for information security professionals.

But for those who have an interest in information security, how exactly can they enter the field? In Develop Your Cybersecurity Career Path: How to Break into Cybersecurity at Any Level, authors and security veterans Gary Hayslip, Christophe Foulon, and Renee Small have written a practical, and more importantly, honest guide on how to enter the field.

One of the mistakes people make is thinking cybersecurity is a monolithic field. But within cybersecurity, there are many different domains are areas. This is best exemplified by Henry Jiang (CISO at Diligent Corporation) in his map of the cybersecurity domain. A quick glance at his map shows scores of different areas, which exemplified how diverse information security is.

Many times, books with multiple authors suffer from consistency and readability due to different styles and approaches. But this book benefits from multiple authors as there are numerous ways to get into security, and each author brings their unique story and strategy.

Many people are tempted to go into security for the money, but the book cautions that they will not succeed without a passion for the topic. While security is portrayed in the media as often being James Bond-like, the authors detail the dark side of information security, which a person should consider before going down the path.

I would have liked to see in the book an emphasis on those considering a security career to get their hands on Kali Linux. Kali is an open-source Linux distro make for security, forensics, and penetration testing. It has over 600 information security tools. Kali is an excellent way for someone to get their hands wet with security tools and see if they are interested in it.

This is an inexpensive way to play with security, as you can run Kali on a $300 desktop. But 20 years ago, the tools on Kali alone would have easily cost over $250,000. A lot has changed in the last few decades.

There are countless articles about getting into the security field, many of them vendor-sponsored. But there’s a death of sage advice on how to do it right. For anyone considering entering the information security career path, Develop Your Cybersecurity Career Path is an excellent book to help them on their journey.

Develop Your Cybersecurity Career Path now available as ePub

CISO DRG Publishing is pleased to announce the availability of Develop Your Cybersecurity Career Path in the ePub format. For Nook users, you can buy here: and for Apple iBook fans, buy here: We know many of our readers prefer eBooks and we are committed to providing our catalog in as wide a variety of formats as possible. Over the coming weeks, we’ll be publishing our entire catalog as ePubs on both platforms whenever possible.

Develop Your Cybersecurity Career Path: How to Break into Cybersecurity at Any Level

CISO DRG Publishing is pleased to announce the availability of Develop Your Cybersecurity Career Path: How to Break into Cybersecurity at Any Level, the first book in the CISO Desk Reference Guide® Practitioner Series. This book was written by Gary Hayslip, Christophe Foulon, and Renee Small to help those who are considering a career in cybersecurity. Whether you are just starting and are looking for an entry-level position or want to translate many years of experience to the right level, this book will provide proven, practical steps, guiding you from self-assessment through the search and interview and completing your journey to a career in cybersecurity.

For those who are exploring a career in cybersecurity, we first want to say, “Welcome, we need the help!” A job in cybersecurity is dedicated to a mission to protect. At the same time, it is very rewarding—both in knowing that what you do makes a difference and, frankly, unmatched job security.

Congratulations Gary, Chris, and Renee, we are proud to have Develop Your Cybersecurity Career Path in our growing catalog.

Bring Your Own Cyber now available on Apple Books

In response to multiple requests to make the CISO DRG catalog available in the ePub format, CISO DRG Publishing is pleased to announce the availability of “Bring Your Own Cyber” in Apple Books (

Bring Your Own Cyber is the first book in our catalog to be published as an Apple iBook. Over the next few months, we’ll be making each of our books, including the iconic CISO Desk Reference Guide (Volumes 1 and 2) available through Apple.

Once we have the entire catalog available on Apple, we’ll publish all future books simultaneously in print, Kindle and ePub format.

Thank you for your continued interest in our work.

Bill, Matt, and Gary

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