Oct 07 2008

Now he’s done it! Security Mike sells out

Published by at 6:49 am under Blogging,General

I think it’s a cyclical thing: start your career as a corporate slave, break free of the shackles to go out on your own, a few years later go back to the corporate job for a steady paycheck.  Lather, Rinse, Repeat.  It’s a pretty standard formula, base at least in part on the ‘grass is always greener’ syndrome.  Well, this week’s victim of corporate re-assimilation is none other than Security Mike, aka Mike Rothman.  Mike has abandoned his role as industry curmudgeon and taken on the role of SVP of Strategy and Chief Marketing Officer at eIQnetworks.

Mike will continue to blog some, but considering he’s now one of the bad guys (aka ‘vendor’), his blogging will lack some of the objectivity he’d so carefully cultivated over the last couple of years. And since a large part of his work will be in the dreaded and vilified ‘marketing’ arena, you can guarantee that a lot of his writing will be around eIQ and all the wonderful things they can do for your network.  Not that Mike will totally lose touch with reality, but he’ll probably have to don the peculiar rose-tinted glasses that allow marketers to only see the good their company can do.  

Good luck with the new gig, Mike.  I hope you’re able to keep some of your objectivity until the grass on the consulting side of the fence becomes green again.  Like maybe after the economy stabilizes again in a couple of years. 

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2 Responses to “Now he’s done it! Security Mike sells out”

  1. Mike Rothmanon 08 Oct 2008 at 3:56 am

    Thanks Martin. The reality is I didn’t do this for a steady paycheck. I was doing quite well, thank you very much. It was about the opportunity to put some of my ramblings to work and also to team up with a set of executives I had a lot of respect for.

    In terms of objectivity, I’ll be writing very sparingly about eIQ on the Security Incite blog. We’ve started another blog (http://blog.eiqnetworks.com) where I’ll do plenty of writing about security management.

    Obviously there will be some bias towards the way we solve the security and compliance management problem. Though I will be spending a lot of time with customers (not only ours), so I like to think I’ll maintain a broad level of perspective on how all the pieces fit together.

    And at the end of the day, I offer just another opinion on the state of security things. Customers should take that for what it is, which is what I hoped they did before.

    Mike.
    http://www.pragmaticcso.com

  2. Martinon 08 Oct 2008 at 4:30 am

    How funny! Your comment was stuck in my spam queue overnight.

    I wish you the best of luck with eIQ, and I’m glad to hear you won’t be totally abandoning your blog. Now if we could only get you active on Twitter.

    Martin

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