Top Ways Security Integrators Improve Their Careers

By: Brian Rhodes, Published on Sep 03, 2019

With DIY products expanding and the future of integration debated, how do integrators stay sharp so they are not left behind?

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180+ integrators told us how they better themselves, learn new skills, and expand their careers.

Inside this report, we examine their insights and methods for keeping up to date with the industry and how they stay a step ahead of their competition.

Key ******

** *******, *** *** themes *****, ** *****:

  • ********** *** ********** *********
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*** ***** *** ******** cited, **** *********** ********* 'Focusing ** ******** ******** & ************' ** * big **** ** ***** plans ** **** ****** better. ** **** ** all ***** ****** ** sections *****.

Persistent *** ********** *********

****** ***** ******** ** all ********* ********* **** self-motivated ********, *******, *** research *** *** ******* avenue *********** **** ********** better *** ******** ***** skills.

**** ******* ********** *** desire *** *** ****** is ********* ******** *** self-driven ** ***** ** maintain ** **** ** product *** ******** *********.

*******, **** *********** **** personal ************** ** ***** seriously:

  • "******* ******* *** ************* and ********** ******** *** degrees"
  • "******** ** * ********, but * ***** * gain **** ***** ** I ****** **** ** the ******** ***** ** are ****** **, **** try ** ******* *** next **** *** ** meet **."
  • "* ** ********** ******** and ******** *** ************."
  • "* *** ** ***** all *** ****. *** technology, *** ******, ****** ways ** ***** ******, trying ** ********** ******* and **** ** **** the ****** *************."
  • "******* ******* ** ****** technologies / ******** *** legislation. *** ******** ** even **** **** ******** and *** **** ** know **** ***** **% to ** ***** *** masses."
  • "* ** *********** ******** to ******* ** ****** because ** ** ********* to **** ** **** ever ******** ********** **** I ** ********** ***** the ******** *** **** being * **** ** it."
  • "************ ******* ***** *** developments ** *******"
  • "****** ****** ******** *** research. ***** ** * lot ** *********** ********* to ****** ** ********* and ************* ** *** offerings ** **** **********. It ***** ** ******* professionally *** **********."
  • "****** *** ********, ***. I **** **** ** related ***** ******* **** smart ***** *** **** HVAC."
  • "****** ****** ** ***** something ***. *******'*, *******, Certifications *** ****** ******* in **** ********."
  • "******* ****** ** ******** to ***** *** **********. Forcing ****** ** ******** to **** **** ** better ***** *** ********'* needs. ***'* *** *** comfortable."
  • "* ********** **** ******* of ********** ****** ** being ** ******, ***** to ***** *****, ****** leading *********** *******, ********, etc."
  • "* ** ****** ******* for ********, *** ******* for **** ** ******* myself, *** *** * run *** ******* *** treat ** *********. "
  • "* ****** **** ***** courses ** ***** ***** new *******, *** * continue ** ****** *** one **** ******* *** maybe *** **** ***** it."
  • "******** ** **** ** I *** ***** *** technology *** ********."
  • "******* ******* *******. ********* and *************. ******* ** falling **** * ****** media ********, * ************* point ****** ** ***** resources ** * **** something ** **** ** the ***** **** ** it."
  • "******** ** **** ***** of *** ***** ** terms ** **********. ******** about *** *******, ************, etc."
  • "* ** ******** ******* to ***** **** ***** existing *** ******** ************."
  • "* ** ****** ** study ** ** *** most ******* ************ ** well ** ****** *********** myself **** ****** ******* which * *** *** my ******* ****** ****. "
  • "*** **** ***** **** whole **** ** ** an ***** ** *** employer."
  • "******** ***** ***. ** you ****'* ********** ******** about *** ********** *** where *** ****** ** going, *** *** ***** to ** * ******** without ****** ******* ** move. * **** ** keep ** **** **** to **** ** ********* in *** ****** *** hopefully *'* ******** ** make * **** **** the **** ** *****."
  • "*** **** ******* ** knowledge *** ********** *** no **** *** ****** or ***. ***'* ** surprised *** ****/******** **** colleagues *** ** ** you ***** *** ************ with "* **** **** or ********** ********* *** I *** ****** *** could ***** **.""
  • "********** ****** ** ***** and *********. * **** been * ********** ****** control *** ***** ************ integrator. ** *** ****** on ********** ********* ** add ** *** ********* and ******** ***."
  • "*** ********* ***** *** technologies *** *** ******** in *** ******"
  • "**** ******* ,**** ********** I *** ** *** business ***** ********* ****** videos **** ** **** knowledge ** *** ******** as * ***"
  • "******** *********, ********* *** will ****** ******** **** soon."
  • "* ****** ***********, **** books, *** ****** ** podcasts ** **** ********* and ********** ******. * want ** ****** ** learning ********* *** *** bettering ******."
  • "*** **** *** **** besides ********* ******* ** online *******."
  • "******** ********. ** *** are *** ********** ******** in **** ******** - you **** ** **** behind. ** *** ** the **** ** ******* technology *********** **** *** industry. **** **** *** IT ***** - *** can *** ****. ** I ** *** ******* resource *** ** ********* and ******* ******* * know *** ********** *** know ***** *** ****** is ***** - * can ******* ** ******* from ***** *** **** the **** ** **** and *******."
  • "**** ****** *******."
  • "** ***** ** ********* never **** *** ** not ******* ** ** work ***. * ** constantly ******* ** ** thing ****** ****, **********, on ******** ** **** on ******** **** ** stay ** *** ** things."
  • "****** * ******* *** of *******, ********, *** conducting ********.""

Pursue ****** ********

***** *** ** *** responses ********* **** ************-***** training ** ** ***** a **** ** *** they *** ****** *** expand *********.

***** ****** ******** ** often ****** ****** ************ specific ******** *** ************, integrators ******* ********* ** remains * *** **** of ********* ******** ****** by ********* ******* *********.

  • "******* **** ********** ********* from ********* ******* ** compare ***** ** ***** as * ******** *** what ********** ***** ***** benefit *** ******* ** adapt. ********** ******** **** other *** ***** ********* will **** **** *********** and ********* ** *** product ********* *** *********."
  • "*'* ********* ******** *** taking ****** ******** ************** like ** *******, ****, Software ***** ***** ******** these ********* **** ************ and ******** ********."
  • "******** ** ********* ** earning ************* ************** ** be ***** ** ***** on ******** ** *** out ** *** *****."
  • "* ****** ********, *** training ******** ** **** and ** ***** ** well ** **** ** top ** *** ****** and ************ **** ***** affect *** ********."
  • "* ** ********** ***** thru ********** **** *** manufactures *** ******** *** hardware. **** ** ****** on-line ** ******* ******** so * *** **** up **** ******* ** products."
  • "******** ** ********* ** earning ************* ************** ** be ***** ** ***** on ******** ** *** out ** *** *****."
  • "** ****** **** ********* of **** ******** *********."
  • "************ ******** ** ******* for ******** *** ******** as **** *** ********."
  • "* ******* *** ******** offered ** *** ******** and *********. "
  • "******* **** ******* ** learn ***** *** ******** and ********** ************."
  • "********/********, ************ ******** *** some ********** ********* ******* courses. *** **** ** stay ******** ** ***** aspect ** **** **********, especially **** ** ******** technology."
  • "******* ** ** **** with *** ****** ********* in *** ***** *** also **** *** ***'* we *******."
  • "****** ************ ******** ** products ** ***, ************ market ******** (****** ****!) to **** *** **** fits *** *** ******** and ***** ****** ** third **** **** ********* on ************ ** ******* (camera ************, ****** ************, analytics ************ ***.)"
  • "**** ** **** ****** certifications."
  • "** *** ****** ************ training *** ****** ******* and ********* *** *********."

Use ****

***** **** ****** *** sent ** *** ********* by **** *******, ***** 1 ** ***** ** responses ************ ********* **** IPVM ******* *** ******* have ***** ** ********* their ****** *** ********* of ******* ******** ********:

  • "*** *** * **** IPVM, **** *** *******, and *** ** **** on *** ** **."
  • "****** ********* ** *** that **** *** ** offer *** ******* ** eye ** *** ********. Also ****** ** ********** some ** *** ***** offerings **** ******."
  • "******* **** *****."
  • "**** *******, [***** ****] manufacturer ******** *** ***** shows."
  • "**** *********** ** ****, knowing ****** ***** & security ******** *******."
  • "* ***** ******** ***** new ************ *** ********* through ****** ******* **** IPVM *** ******."
  • "********, ******* **** **** and ************* *** ** course ******* ****"
  • "********** ******** *** ******* the ********* ******** **** IPVM."
  • "* **** *******, ***** time ******* **** ********* hands **, ******** ******** like **** ** **** on *** ** *** latest *** ******** ***********."
  • "*'* ******* ****** ******* by ***** ******* ******* tech ******** ********* ****. "
  • "** * ***** ***** I **** *** **** articles *** *********** ***** products *** ********. "
  • "* ********* **** ** many ******** **** ****."
  • "* **** ****... ******* it's *** ****!"

ASIS **************

*********/***'* ********* ********* *******, ***** *** ** every ****** ********* ********* the ***** ******* ********* for ******** **************.

**************** *** *** *** certifications**** ******** ********* ** these ********* ** ****** value ***** ***********:

** ***** *****, ***** ASIS ******** **** ********* as ********* ** ************* up-to-date ****** *** ******** information ** *******, ******** local ******* *********** ****. In *******, **** ****** chapters *** **** *******, but *** *** ********** areas **** ****** ***** ASIS ******:

  • "* **** ** *** my *** **** *** dying **-** ********."
  • "******** *** *** ****, continuing ** *** ********** with ******* ******* ************ to ****** ********* ******."
  • "**** ******, ******* ** on ** **** *** technology ** ********."
  • "**** *** *************, *** other ****** **************."
  • "* *** ** **** up ** *** ****** technology, *********** ** ** local **** *******, *** look *** ******* ** expand ** *********."
  • "******** ********** ***** **** as **** ** *** number ** ***** ******** opportunities. "
  • "******** *** ********+ *** hopefully *** ***, ** have * ****** *** more ********** ************* ** security ************."
  • "* ** ********* ******** for *** ***. "
  • "*** **** **** ** support ** ***** ** experience *** ******* ***** certs (********** ****) ** support *** **** ** years... ******* **** *** ones **** **** ******. "

Other ****** ********, **************, & *******

***** **** ** ******** security ********, ***** ******* training *** ************** **** sporadically ********* ** ****. While ***** ******* **** not ********* ** **** than * ******* ** responses, *********** ***** ***** importance ** ********** ***** careers.

***** ******** ************, *******, *** ******* higher ********* *******:

  • "* **** ** ****, and ******** ** ***-*, and **** **** * degree ** **. **** Many ****."
  • "* **** ** ******* A+/Net+/Security+ ***** ** **** as *** *** ** done. * **** ** complete **** **** ****. I *** ** **** a ******** ** **********-******* book ***** ***** *****. Improve ** ****** - I **** *** ***** to ******* ********, ** have ********* **** ***'* know ** ******* **** I ** ******** **** a ******** ** ********* and **********, *** **** experience. "
  • "******* ** ********** ******** and *******"
  • "************* ** ************* ******** such ** *****"
  • "* **** ** ********* my ******."
  • "**** ********** ********* ******* courses."

Increase ******** ******** & *******

** ******** ** ******* education, ***** *** ** twenty ********* *** ***** in ******* *** *********** their ******** ********, ***** they ********* **** ** a ************ ****** ** growing ***** ********.

  • "**** * **** **** for *** **** ** years ***** ****, ******* education *** ***********. ******* and ************* ** ******** and ******** ********."
  • "*'* ********* ********** ** large ********** *** ******* security ******** ** *** moment ***** * **** to ******** ****** *******."
  • "*'** ******* ** ********** with ***** ****** ********* competitors. ** ******* ** much ** ******** ** that ** ***'* **** to ** ********** ** everyone *** ***** ** what ** *** **** at."
  • "****** ******** *** ****** connections. ** * ***** business ***** ********** ** death."
  • "********** *** ***, ************ relationships."
  • "******, ******** *** ***** with ** ********* **** it ***** ** ******* and ******** **** * recommend."
  • "******* ** **** *** the ******** ****** *** buyers ** ** ****."
  • "**** **********, ************ **** people ** ***** ***** I **** * *** be ******** ** *** next ***** ** ** work ******. ******* *** about *** ************* *** work ************ ** * can **** ******** ***** about **** ***** ** my ******* ******."
  • "* *** ** **** up ** ************* **** our ************ *************** *** higher ***. ********* **'* about *** *** ****, not ** **** **** you ****."

Focusing ** ******** ******** & ************

***** *** ******** *********, a *** ****** ******** showed ******* ***** **** the ******* '**** *** study' *********.

*** ********* **** ******* to ********** ***** ********* through ********** ******* ***** and ********** ******** ** one ** ***** **** important *******:

  • "* **** **** ******* investing ** ****** *********** to ****** *** ***-**-*** role **** * **** in *** ******* *** increase **** ******* ** that ***** *** ** individual *********** ** "*************" roles."
  • "******* ** *** ********** plan, ******* **'* **** time!"

*** *** ******* ********* plans ** **** ******** business ** ********* ***** security *********:

  • "******* ** ******* ***** small ***********. **** ** old **** ******* ** retire ***** *** *** they ***’* **** ** sell ** *** *********. Now ** *** **** to ***."

*******, ***** *** ** every ***** *********** ********* upcoming ***** ** ***** to *** ******** *** retire ** *** *** next *** *****, ** the ********* *********** *********** ******* ** Remaining *********** ** ***********.

Comments (14)

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**** ******, *** ******* may ** **** ** this ***. * **** always ******* ** *********, doing *** **** ********. It ** ********** * will ****, ******** *** learn *** ******* ******** but ******** ** *** only *** ** *** to *** **** ***** of *************.

** *** ****** ***** someone **** *** ** works, **** *** ******** do *** ********** *** it **** ******. (****, stay ***** ** *******).

*** *** ***** *** bar ** ***** **** to ******* *** ********* works? ******** ****** ******** them ** **** *** halfway...

***** *** * **** when * **** * CAD ***** **** *** preparation *** * ************* exam. * ****** *** exam ******* ******* *** class *** ***** *** remaining ***** ** ** informal **. *** ******* even ***** ** *** help **** ** *** a ******* **** *** program.

** *** **** ** the **** ***** **** two **** **** **** could *** *** **. One *** ****'* ***** English **** *** *** afraid ** *** *********. The ***** *** **** didn't *** ** *** effort. *** ******* ********* gave ** ** ****. I ***** ** ***** an **** ***** ***** period ******* **** *** or *** ***** ** them.

* ****'* ****** ** the ***** ****, *** I ***** * ***** from *** ***** **** there **** *** ******** who ****'* **** *** test.

* ***** ** ****...

** ** ******** **** the *** **** *** mentored ******. ** ** also ******** **** ******* was *********** ******** ** light ******* *********** ********** or **** **. *** sum ** *** *** both **** ** ******* with *** **********(*******) ******* to ** ********* ******** times ***** * ******* score *** ***. ** least *** **** **** to **** ** *** assist, **** *** ****** up **** *** ******* did *** *** *** test ** **** ** all. ******* *** **** come **** *********** ** simply *********, ******** *** mimicking * ********* ****** can ***** * ****.

*** ********* ** ********/******** others ** **** **** can **** ** **** questions **** *** ***** thought ** ** **** skipped ******* ******, *** must **** ***** **.

****+* ******* ******: ********** 9

* **** ** ****** for *******, **** **** you *** ** ** something :)

***** *******, ********* *** folks **** ********* *** working ** ******* ***** "Trade-craft". ** *** ******** how *** ******** ** purchase ********** ** **** there *** ***** ***** components.******** *** ***** ** purchase,****** ***** ** ** designed *** ******** *** most ***************** ******** ***** **. The ******* ** ********* about ********** ****** *** "what". ******** **** ***** proper ********** ********* *** installation ********** ****** *** "how". * ******* ** is ********* ** **********/******* the ******** "***". *** customer ******* ******* ******* in ******** ********** *** only *** ******... ******** Risk! **** ******, ******** or ******** ********. ** we **** ** *** customers ***** *** ********** can ** **** *************** ******... ** *** we **************** ** ******* ** a ********* ********? ** course ** **. *************, in **** ***** ** don't **** ***** *** third *(**'* ** ********). *** *** ** weaponize/operationalize ********** (******) ****** * ******** incident ** ******* *** outcome? ** *** ********** our ******** ***** ** going ** ***** **** a ********** ** **** start ****** *** "**** if" *********. **** *** time ***** ********** ** not ******** ** ** the ******** ******** ******** plan. ** * ******, it **** *** **** until ***** *** ****! I ******* *** ******** does *** ***** ****** on *** ***** ******** principle ***** ******** "*** Hazard" ***** ********. * believe ** **** ** look ** *** ********** fits ** ** *** customers *** ** ******** threat *****. **** ** opinion.

******* *********** ** * Group ***** *** **** enough ******* ** *********. Within **** *****, ***** are *********, ******* ********, Procurement ***********, **********, *** Support *********, ** **** a *** - **** with * ********* ****** requirement. ********** ** **** current ****, *'** ****** found **** ***** *** install **** ***** *** a ****** *********** **** designing *** ******** *** project. * ***** "**** am * ***** ** need ** *** **** done"? ********* ********* ** good, ******* ********** ** helpful - ********* ********** is *********. ******** ****** get **** ***** **********.

* ***** *** ** the ********* **** **** I've ***** ****** ** get ********* ********** *******. Employers ****** **** ** pay *** *** **** of ********, *** **** trying ** *** **** off ** ** ** myself *** ** ******. More ** *** ******* product ************* **** ** wanting ** ** ** University ** *********, *** take ***** ******* *** those, *** ** * want ******* ************* **** usually ***** ***** ** where **** **** *** based (**'* ***** ******** close ** **).

* ***** * ******* combination ** *** *** above ** ****. ***** experience ** ****, *** if ***'** *** ******** to **** ** ************ manual, ** **** * course **** *******, **** I ***'* **** *** far **** ***** ********** will ****** **** ***.

|"***** ********** ** ****, but ** ***'** *** stubborn ** **** ** installation ******,"

** ******* ** *** stubborn ** ****, **** I ******'* **** **** on ** ****.

* ****** *** ** pick *** ****** *** is ** ** "****". Sometimes * *** *****, but ********** * *** dumped **** *******.

******** *** *** ********* guys. *** ** ****** help ***? ***** *** say **** ***** *** time ***** ***** **? From ********* (****, *****) or *********** ***********?

* **** *** ******** and ********... *'* **** it ** ***** *** something ******. *************, **** PSP/CPP *** *** **** widely ********** *************

******* ******* ** **** volume ***** *** ** college **** * ** in ******* **********. **, not ****** * ******** background (*** *** ****** most ******* ****** ********* at *** **** - sure ***** *** **** now), ** *** ********* for ** ** ****** a **** ** *********. Getting ** *** **** helped *** **** *********** the ******** **** *** security. * ** ** the ******* **** ***** are **** *********** ** our ******** **** **** a **** ******* ************* of ******** **********, *** I *** ** ** one *** ** ************* myself. *** *** ***** providers/vendors/etc. *** ** ***** a ***** *** **** a ****** **** ****** understanding *** ******* ** order ** ******* */*** solution(s). ** ****** ** to ****** ********** ********** and ***** **** ************* by ******* **** ** the *******. ***** ** my ********, ** *** not ******* ** **** but *** **** ** open ** **** ***** to ********.

****, *** ************ ************* Board (***) **** ********** a *** *************: *** Associate ********** ************ (***). It ** ******** ** encourage ******** *** ****** level ************** ***** **** lowering *** *** *** providing * **** ********** for **** **** ********** as ********* ********* ** a ************. **** ***** it ****:********* ********** ************ (***)

* ***** ********* ** since * *** *********** able ** *** *** knowledge ** * ******* it. **** ***** ****, I **** **** ************* is *** *** ********, but * *** **** as * **** ******** stone **** ***** *** can ********* * ********** for **** ******** ******* of ************ ***********.

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