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Interviews with people who have transitioned and got jobs in #infosec and #cybersecurity so you can learn and be inspired from their experience. There is no linear path into the field of Information Security, so the hope is that you will resonate with at least one of the guests. Some of my guests were teachers, paralegals, librarians, military vets, developers, and IT help desk techs (to name a few) before transitioning. Also featuring "spoof" ads poking fun at the industry.
 
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Eric Strom is the Unit Chief of the Mission Critical Engagement Unit, Cyber Division. In this role, Mr. Strom oversees the FBI Cyber Division’s private sector outreach efforts to the 16 critical infrastructure sectors, forging partnerships with companies in those sectors to develop and share threat intelligence related to activities by sophisticate…
 
Gabriel Agboruche (@ICS_Gabe) is a senior ICS and OT cybersecurity consultant, helping organizations solve their most challenging industrial control security problems. And that was a mouthful, but that's what I do. Journey's unique one and almost didn't happen. Notes Gabe was a math whiz in the Detroit Public school system During college, he had so…
 
Lisa Jiggetts is the founder of the Women's Society Of Cyberjutsu. After recording, we continued talking and the topic of salary negotiations came up. It was so good I started recording again. This topic is super important. I have seen both experienced and inexperienced people make these mistakes. Links Salary Negotiation Tips: https://www.thebalan…
 
Original Reddit post: https://www.reddit.com/r/ITCareerQuestions/comments/fw44sg/career_change_success_story_starting_my_first/ Getting Into Infosec Links: Site: https://gettingintoinfosec.com/ Book: https://breakingintoinfosec.com/ Follow Me Twitter For More Resources To Help You On Your Journey: https://twitter.com/coffeewithayman…
 
Hello! Wanted to let you know I'm creating daily (almost) videos on YouTube called Getting Into Infosec BITES: https://www.youtube.com/c/gettingintoinfosec Please like, subscribe, and spread the word. The best thing you can do to support this media is to spread the word and let others know. Thanks! Links: Site: http://gettingintoinfosec.com/ Book: …
 
Kavya Pearlman is an Award-winning cybersecurity professional with a deep interest in immersive and emerging technologies. Kavya is the founder of non-profit, XR Safety Initiative (XRSI). XRSI is the very first global effort that promotes privacy, security, ethics and develops standards and guidelines for Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixe…
 
We are in the middle of a worldwide pandemic (COVID-19), a recession is here, a depression might be coming, and everyone is remote! Everything has changed. What can you do? How can you find a job in these crazy times? What are the challenges? How can you make yourself valuable? What's going through the company or hiring manager's mind? Please share…
 
Was arrested in High School for disclosing a vulnerability in the school IT system Syntax is an internal pentester for a large organization Went to college for Computer Science, but dropped out Inspired by the Movie Hackers First computer had a 1MB hard drive (Yes, not a typo!) Still went to Defcon even when he was not in IT or working in security …
 
These are quick hallway conversations with recent graduates discussing the difficulties they've faced in their job search. I did not know any of these people before interviewing, and it's the first time I'm asking them these questions. This was recorded at RSA Conference 2020. Getting Into Infosec: Breaking IN: A Practical Guide to Starting a Caree…
 
These are quick hallway conversations with recent graduates discussing the difficulties they've faced in their job search. I did not know any of these people before interviewing, and it's the first time I'm asking them these questions. This was recorded at RSA Conference 2020. Getting Into Infosec: Breaking IN: A Practical Guide to Starting a Caree…
 
These are quick hallway conversations with recent graduates discussing the difficulties they've faced in their job search. I did not know any of these people before interviewing, and it's the first time I'm asking them these questions. This was recorded at RSA Conference 2020. Getting Into Infosec: Breaking IN: A Practical Guide to Starting a Caree…
 
So as I was at RSAC, I was trying to keep an eye out for those looking to get into the field. RSA is not usually the place for that, but I saw the NetWars tournament and figured that might be a good place to start. On my way there, I met David Zeichick who had "College Day" on his badge. Intrigued, I asked about "College Day" and he told me all abo…
 
Recast Link for sharing your favorite snippet: https://recast.simplecast.com/7d083a66-6e0a-4d1a-957e-cdf5afc99bb4 BIO: Tanya Janca, also known as ‘SheHacksPurple’, is the founder, security trainer and coach of SheHacksPurple.dev, specializing in software and cloud security. Her obsession with securing software runs deep, from starting her company, …
 
Nick Vissari went from being an engineering dropout (he didn't like creative writing) to tech consultant to math tutor. His penchant for fixing things homed him back into tech where he is now responsible for security at a large school district. He recently went back to school and received his cybersecurity degree as well. Notes At 10 yro Dad had pr…
 
Recast An Audiogram on Social Media Page Glave was a tenured Associate Professor of Kinesiology with a focus in exercise science and was successful in her field. However she came to the realization that she can't see herself doing this for the rest of her life. This is her story. She offers lots of great advice on resume tips when switching, homela…
 
RECAST any part of this episode: https://recast.simplecast.com/da82c2e1-ef30-4f48-b169-b65846044be0 Part 2 of 2 - Nick Jeswald has been an external and internal recruiter in security. He shares with us what he looks for in a candidate, common mistakes made by candidates, and the nuances of hackers he's learned over the years. BIO: Show Notes: SEE P…
 
RECAST Any part of this episode: https://recast.simplecast.com/7eb82844-74aa-4e1e-9c1b-e7a6653da300 Part 1 of 2 - Nick Jeswald has been an external and internal recruiter in security. He shares with us what he looks for in a candidate, common mistakes made by candidates, and the nuances of hackers he's learned over the years. BIO: I've been in info…
 
Fareedah, a lifelong learner, was always interested in technology and grew up reading her father's Cisco books. His influence led her to the field of information security where she stepped up and is always tackling new challenges. BIO Fareedah Shaheed was born in Maryland but spent most of her childhood outside of the US. She returned to the States…
 
Transcript Hey everyone! It's been awhile, I know! Life has been busy. Lots of transitions, so schedule has taken time to get used to. Feedback has been amazing, so a big thank you to every one of you. I've been busy trying to get ready for Defcon as well. Super excited about being there! Look for me in the Getting Into Infosec t-shirt and please s…
 
Keya was a public school teacher who stood out of the crowd. She loves problem solving and challenging environments. Keya was also a filmmaker and web designer. She's currently a detection security engineer who get knee deep in malware on a daily basis. Notes: Knew she didn't want to be a teacher her whole life Was the only one in the rational thin…
 
A 19 year old "not a security researcher". Facing limitations because of his age and not having the right "prerequisites" Hossam has had to make his own path. He also dreams in code and is one of the youngest OSCE's in the world! BIO: Hossam Mohamed is one of the youngest OSCE in the world and currently working in cyber security domain for a financ…
 
My thoughts on consuming vs production and how it relates to Getting Into Infosec. Sometimes we get stuck learning, consuming security news, trends and etc... but we forget to produce something. Whether it be testing a new exploit we heard about, trying something new in our lab, or applying something we learned the day before. Finding the write bal…
 
Ismaelle Vixsama (aka Izzy) has a knack for finding strategic flaws and speaking up about them. Doing so helped her get her first full-time job as well as have repercussions for defensive egos. Her whole career is a war story. BIO: Izzy is an ISMS manager with 7 years of experience. She has worked in FinTech, Government, and Security R&D. Her work …
 
From Zero to One, David is a lifelong builder. Wherever he goes he just builds things. From an electric car to adhoc android apps to ZAP HUD, an awesome heads up display for ZAP Proxy, a game changer imho. We discuss the lack of UX in the security tooling community, how contributing to Open Source got him his job, and even about imposter syndrome. …
 
Having completed 20 episodes, I decided to take a moment to go over each episode briefly. Thanks to call my guests! Ep01 - Dan Borges: https://twitter.com/1njection Ep02 - 0daySimpson: https://twitter.com/0daySimpson Ep03 - Christina Hanson Ep04 - Matt Toth: https://twitter.com/willhackforfood Ep05 - Rob Carson: https://twitter.com/robcarson05 Ep06…
 
MC OHM-I (Leron Gray) talks about his next project about tabs in the browser, trap music, and some background on his awesome song Domain. Getting Into Infosec: Twitter: https://twitter.com/coffeewithayman YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg6gV_gdfc188HZdN8LUx4A Book: https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Step-Step-Starting-Information-ebook/dp/B…
 
Leron Gray is a man of many talents. Not getting really into computers until much later in life, but always having a creative side, he now finds himself as a pentester working from home and nerdcore rapper producing amazing beats! BIO Leron is currently a penetration tester and a ten year Navy veteran with four years experience as a Cryptologic Tec…
 
Jared Folkins understands people, technology, and the world around him. He can smell a toxic environment from a mile away and has used that EIQ spider sense for good. Jared shares with us some VERY personal stories (tear jerker warning!) in integrity and life decisions as well a bunch of on the job war stories including a famous one featured in the…
 
Masha Sedova comes from a history of computer scientists! Her grandmother was in the first Computer Science graduating class in 1954 under Stalin in the Soviet Union!! She loves challenges and is now utilizing what she thought was a waste of time in Liberal Arts to conquer challenges in Information Security using behavioral science, emotional intel…
 
InfosecJon expands on some CRAZY follies he experienced during his times in the Navy. He learns through trial by fire, literally, trust but verify! Notes: Jon almost gets crushed inside the engine of Naval Ship A boiler explodes and Jon, a Jr Engineer, was left in charge of the situation and had to give orders Jon got soaked with engine Oil on a ru…
 
InfosecJon runs a website cataloging his learning and dedicated to helping others get in the field. He shares his personal story from a directionless youth to enlisting in the Navy (and it's follies) and his tribulations getting into the field. He also shares some interesting Navy stories. Lookout for the bonus episode. BIO: Jon is a father, husban…
 
Tracy Maleeff (@InfosecSherpa) was a professional law Librarian and at the top of her game. Looking for change and meaning, she searched until she found the field of Information Security. This is her journey. BIO: Tracy Z. Maleeff (/may-leaf/), @InfoSecSherpa, is an independent information professional providing research and social media consulting…
 
Adrian is a Sr Sales Engineer with Splunk who focuses on security. He has worked for various security startups in the bay area for the past 15 years from vulnerability management, to endpoint investigation, to ML based threat hunting. Notes: Had an interest in security early on, starting with opening binaries on Sierra's King's Quest games and look…
 
Nipun graduated during the recession, but found a job as a consultant which helped him gain experience quickly. He was in fact discouraged to pursue a career in information security due to his immigrant status. Nipun is now a Cyber Security Executive focused on innovation. BIO: Nipun Gupta is a Cyber Security Executive at a large global financial i…
 
Marcus Carey has been hacking since we was five. A true MacGuyver he had to make due with little resources available to him. He later enrolled for the Navy, worked for 3 letter agencies including the NSA, and now has his own security startup. Marcus shares a TON with us in this episode. BIO: Marcus is renowned in the cybersecurity industry and has …
 
Jack Rhysider's origin story. With an engineering background Jack found himself doing odd jobs at first. Looking to get back into tech he "certed" up and got a job in the NOC (Network Operation Center) and eventually became a SOC architect building a SOC from scratch. Looking to do something different, he started Dark Net Diaries and it's been an a…
 
Yaron Levi is the CISO for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. We talk about what he looks for in people when hiring in Infosec and a time when he took a chance on someone (against the opinion of his peers) and his chance was a big success. We also discuss a breach he had to deal with only 3 months into his job! BIO Yaron Levi is the CISO fo…
 
Steph is brand new to the infosec field! We go over her interesting and eventful path into Information Security, reflections on her role today, and some really interesting war stories! BIO: Steph is a Security Analyst for a retail company as a team of one. She has a background in journalism and web hosting. She is the creator and editor of StephAnd…
 
Today's episode is a reading of an amazing written by Kyle Kennedy, president of brainbabe.org. The reading is performed by Allison, an IBM Watson personality. I also go through some recent resources discovered to help you on your journey to a Career in Infosec. BIO: Kyle F. Kennedy is a social cybersecurity expert and president of brainbabe.org. H…
 
Elvis Chan is a Supervisory Special Agent Elvis Chan, who works cyber security matters for the FBI San Francisco Division. We discuss how we got into the FBI, Life in the FBI CyberSecurity Division, and how to get involved. The FBI is always looking for qualified applications for Special Agent and professional staff positions. Please see https://ww…
 
Clay Wells ... Security Architect, Musician, Defcon Blue Team Village Co-Organizer, and organizer of the first annual WOPR Summit. Clay shares some really insightful tips on making it Information Security, as well as a really interesting war story from recently. WOPR Summit is March 1st, 2019 in Atlantic City! Bio: Living in kernel/userland since R…
 
Robin Stuart is a debut author in cyber crime fiction with a short story called "SegFault" in the Sisters in Crime NorCal anthology Fault Lines , which is due out in early 2019!!! Notes: Wrote her first full length mystery in the mid-90's! Pitching is basically a job interview Honing your pitch You only get one shot at that first impression She has…
 
Robin Stuart started off as a paralegal until she was challenged one day to get her boss's password. (Hint: Do not challenge Robin). Fast forward she switched careers to Technology but kept a lookout for a career in security. Speaker Bio Veteran cyber crime investigator and contributing author to the Handbook for Information Security by Wiley. She …
 
Speaker Bio Rob Carson founder of Semper Sec. Rob knows how to simplify the problem and deliver solutions. His clients base includes: Fortune 200 Companies US Government Contractors State and Local Governments Fuel Retailers Software and hardware manufacturers His distinguished career includes service as a Marine Corps Infantry Officer, as well as …
 
Matt Toth is a Senior Security and Veteran Sales Engineer. Matt has two decades of experience in IT with a focus on cybersecurity, having collaborated with the Department of Defense on War Games and advised senior leaders on possible cyberthreats. With a passion for security, Matt is deeply engaged with the community to educate and prepare the next…
 
Christina Hanson is a security analyst working for Truvantis Cyber Security Consulting and one of my former boot camp students. She has extensive technical experience and a deep understanding of the collaborative nature of InfoSec, not to mention how women and other underrepresented groups in the community have a more difficult time navigating this…
 
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