Jul 04 2007
Back in the late 80’s I joined the US Army as a Radio Repairman(31v10). I’d been out of high school for a couple of years and was going nowhere. Worse, I’d fallen in with a bad crowd and I had just enough self awareness left to realize if I didn’t make major changes, I was going to end up in trouble. So I joined the Army, rationalizing it by telling myself that even if the Army wasn’t something for me, the discipline would do me good and I’d know at least one thing I didn’t want to do with my life. I proved to be right on both accounts: the discipline helped, and I knew that the Army wasn’t the right place for me. I’ve never regretted joining the Army and I never regretted leaving.
As I’m sure many of you know, in February Mitchell Ashley and StillSecure offered me the position of Cobia Product Evangelist. I had previously blogged that I thought the position of Security Evangelist would be my idea of a perfect job and jumped at the chance. The thought of traveling to events and meeting people, being paid to blog and podcast, and generally being the public face of a product like Cobia sounded fun and exciting. Basically, I thought this would be THE job for me. Boy was I wrong.
Mitchell Ashley, Alan Shimel and the whole crew at StillSecure did everything they could to help me, but it turns out I’m just not built right to be in marketing. Obviously, I love spouting off my own opinions, but when it comes to representing a company and speaking on their behalf, my own instincts are my own worst enemy. I like to tell the whole, direct truth, and that’s not what marketing is about; it’s about shading the truth to put your company and your product in the most positive light possible. Not that marketing is a bad thing, it’s just not how my thought processes work.
I still believe StillSecure is a great company; Mitchell, Alan the whole Cobia team are good people to work with. But I’m not a marketing person, I’m not a recruiter and I’m just not a good fit for the position. Effective yesterday, July 3rd, I have resigned from as the Cobia Product Evangelist and I’m on the lookout for a new position, preferably something more on the technical side of security. I’m parting on good terms with the company and people involved and I will continue to support them in any way I can, but I’m just not the person to be the Cobia Product Evangelist.
The folks at StillSecure have been great, but I’m just not built right to be a Product Evangelist. It’s been great to explore the possibility with Mitchell and the folks at StillSecure, and I’m very appreciative of the opportunity, but I’ve left the company while my overall impact is still positive. I made a lot of friends at StillSecure and was able to attend events I never could have attended on my own. I really feel honored to have had the opportunity, but it’s not for me. And now I know one more thing I don’t want to do with my life.
So now I’m back to being Martin McKeay, the Network Security blogger, not Martin McKeay, the Cobia Product Evangelist. I don’t think the vendor side of the aisle is for me, unless it’s in a technical role rather than a marketing role. If you happen to be looking for a Sr. Security Analyst with a experience in policy, PCI and IDS, drop me a line. I think I know a former manager who might be willing to give me a positive endorsement.