12 security career-killers (and how to avoid them)

The stories are out there: the smart co-workers who get in their own way instead of getting ahead.

CISOs know them, too. One remembers a brilliant employee who liked to remind others how smart she was and how she deserved way more money than she was making. Another recalls a talented staffer who did exactly what was required, but nothing more. Neither made it very far, as their bosses finally had enough of their drag on morale and decided to let them go.

Those are just two of the many ways to kill your career, say CISOs, career coaches and executive consultants. Some actions, such as illegally accessing computer systems, are obviously fireable offenses, while numerous others will simply halt any upward mobility.

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