Forrester’s Security & Risk Analyst Spotlight – Martin Whitworth
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What is your favorite security product or technology?
It has to be cryptography! As a mathematician I can't help but be fascinated by the elegance of well-designed cryptographic protocols (sad, I know!). And, as an end user, we just wouldn't be able to transact securely online without it.
What was your first job?
If we ignore weekend work whilst at school, then my first experience of real work was during my university vacations when I worked in a small engineering company that made bespoke engines for racing cars, including the Ford Escort Rally team. My roles were mainly to machine magnesium cam case covers and try not to set the place on fire!
What is one simple thing that a person can do to increase security on his or her phone or computer in less than 10 minutes?
That's easy — if you want to be truly secure, then don't connect your devices to any networks! Seriously, make sure that you apply security patches/fixes.
What’s your favorite book related to security?
There are so many great books related to security. My current favourite is Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon, which flip-flops between the code-breaking activities of the Second World War and the challenges of the first Internet bubble in the late 1990s.
What’s your best piece of advice for someone looking to break into the security and risk field?
Quite simply, go for it! Get involved in any way that you can, try to find a mentor or two, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes!
Martin is off to a fast start at Forrester. His first report is already live, and Forrester clients can read it by clicking on the link below: