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Black Hat: Take Risks, But Do Not Fail

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The chief engineer of NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab shared his wisdom Aug. 1 at the Black Hat security conference here on the key steps and best practices that IT people can take to help insure they innovate successfully.

Brian Muirhead is quite literally a rocket scientist who helped lead an era in technology that has enabled NASA to land increasingly sophisticated robotic technology on the surface of Mars. It's a process that taught him a lot about what it takes to innovate and succeed.

Muirhead told the Black Hat crowd that when he was tasked with helping to lead the Mars Pathfinder mission to land a rover on the Red Planet, his boss told him, "I want you to take risks, but do not fail."

Taking risks and not failing is a riddle that every great entrepreneur needs to solve, and it's one that has an answer that NASA has acted upon, he said.

Read the full story at eWeek:
NASA Engineer at Black Hat: Take Risks, But Do Not Fail

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.