2019 was a busy year, both personally and professionally. 2020 is shaping up to be another major change, especially professionally.

Ever since 2013, I’ve focused on the offensive side of information security, particularly around web application penetration testing. I’ve strongly identified my professional self as a “web-app pentester”. For nearly a decade, offensive security has been my focus.

Starting last year, my job responsibilities shifted toward defensive security with a focus on security operations. This year, the shift will nearly be complete as I will be doing little offensive security as part of my day-to-day.

I’m bummed about this. While I believe in the mission of my employer, and I have the fortune of working with some wonderful people, I have this nagging feeling in the back of my mind that I’m losing a part of myself.