What is a Security Coach? | Transformation | Instruqt

by Katy Andreeva
20 September, 2019 - 3 minute read

Ever wondered what it means to work in the IT security field? Carlos Klerk is a Security Coach at Xebia Security. Watch the video to hear his story, first starting out in the Air force and then switching in to the tech industry as a security coach. Also find out how he stays up to date on new technology. 




What is a Security Coach? 

A security coach is a professional that goes to their clients, helps them improve their security posture and implement the right tools to become more mature on security. The aim of a security coach is to get clients to a level of security that is sufficient enough to ward off attackers. 

The Security Expert

Carlo has worked in the security field for 12 years now. He started off as a penetration tester. Then he became a consultant when he realized he enjoys helping companies improve their cybersecurity more than finding bugs and vulnerabilities. 

Biggest challenge

Carlo's biggest challenge is prioritization. He believes there's so much to choose from, that is fun to do.


He started at Xebia in October 2018, where he realized it was an environment where everything is possible. So he started to do everything his heart desires. However, after a while he was doing too much of everything, and that was getting in the way of doing anything great. 


So the lesson he has learned was cutting down on his darlings and make sure he only sticks with the stuff that he truly prioritizes and will for sure bring to an end.


At this moment he is working on choose what projects he wants to stick to for the next coming years.

Carlo’s suggestions on how to keep up to date as a Security professional

Carlo considers himself is out of the norm, when it comes to learning. He didn't like school. He doesn't like training. To this day he doesn't like anything that has to do with listening to a teacher, though he does respect teachers.


He learns in a different way, by doing. He makes a load of mistakes and then reflects on them them along the way. He also makes sure to share his lessons with other people along the way. 


He suggests people to start talking to others. Learn from people and their experiences, learn by their own experience, and experiment. Find out what works and what doesn't. 


Also everyone should surround themselves in a network of really great people who share the same interests. Stay close to them, find out what they're learning. and share that knowledge.


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