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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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Betsy Bevilacqua is the current VP of Information Security at Chainalysis. Initially, she had her mind set on law school until she did a self-audit and realized that she enjoyed computers and tech much more. Her journey into infosec led her to move from Kenya to the US to obtain a degree in Security and explore various companies involved in academi…
 
Dr. Eric Cole is an accomplished cybersecurity hacker and executive advisor. His career has been a mix of sixth-sense chance encounters and wisdom/foresight of the future. His uncanny ability to see the opportunity in cybersecurity combined with the wisdom to listen to those smarter than him is why he is where he is today. His interview is chock fu…
 
Lisa Jiggetts knew from an early age that she was going to be in tech and cyber. A navy veteran who started off as a cook, she always found herself gravitating towards technology. She is also the Founder & Board of Director of the Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu, a non-profit that is dedicated to increasing the opportunities and advancement for women…
 
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 he does. His journey's unique one, and almost didn't happen. Notes Gabe was a math whiz in the Detroit Public school system During college, h…
 
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…
 
Today's episode features a story that was sent to me by a listener. He reached out to me on LinkedIn, telling me of his success story posted on Reddit. This is the audio version. I think you're going to be really interested in what he had to say. He talks about his struggles and what he went through in his journey to Information Security. Original …
 
Transcript Hey everyone… So, as if this time was not hard enough as it was with Covid, the American Black community has been affected yet again. It's difficult to post motivating content while so many are feeling a sense of outrage and so much going on. So I'm going to pause, slow down, or at least take into consideration the posting of new content…
 
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 the non-profit XR Safety Initiative (XRSI). XRSI is the first global effort to promote privacy, security, ethics, and develop standards and guidelines for Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and Mixed Re…
 
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…
 
Syntax, an internal pentester for a large organization, had an interesting ride into infosec, filled with pitstops, detours, and countersteering along the way. At an early age, he was influenced by his father, got started hacking, and was wrongfully arrested for reporting a vulnerability in his High School. Hear his exciting journey into infosec, f…
 
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 a…
 
BIO Tanya Janca, also known as SheHacksPurple, is the author of ‘Alice and Bob Learn Application Security.’ She is also the founder of We Hack Purple, an online learning academy, community, and podcast that revolves around teaching everyone to create secure software. Tanya has been coding and working in IT for over twenty years, won numerous awards…
 
Nick Vissari went from being an engineering dropout (he didn't like creative writing) to a tech consultant to a math tutor. His penchant for fixing things homed him back into tech, where he is now responsible for security in a large school district. He recently went back to school and received his cybersecurity degree as well. Notes At 10-years-old…
 
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. She offers lots of great advice on resume tips when switching, homelabs, certifications, and how she was able to break into…
 
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. Show Notes SEE PREVIOUS EPISODE FOR COMPLETE NOTES & RECRUITING TIPS FROM NICK. Getting Into Infosec: Follow Me on Twitter…
 
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 infosec for 8 years, and in various IT roles since 1996 (Developer -> Sales Engineer -> BD Specialist ->…
 
Summer was crazy. My day job was keeping me super busy, and I've been really mentally occupied lately dealing with kids, family, and school. I miss producing shows and will be getting back into it. Have some really good shows queued up! I've still active on Twitter when possible, so we can stay in touch there in between shows. Oh, and by the way, i…
 
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 Stat…
 
Hey, everyone! It's been a while, I know. Life has been busy. Lots of transitions, so schedule has taken time to get used to. Links Security Sandbox Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/hacker-culture-fm/id1453203447 Sean Sun: https://twitter.com/seanqsun Hacker Culture FM: https://www.hackerculture.fm/ Defcon Sticker Swap: https://twitte…
 
Keya was a public school teacher who stood out from 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 gets 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 t…
 
Listen to the retail audio sample of my book: Breaking IN - A Practical Guide to Starting a Career In Information Security. Kati Fredlund narrates the book. She did an amazing job! You can read a sample or purchase the whole book here: https://t.co/DDXxfVwpD7 Full Audiobook to be released soon! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.…
 
A 19-year-old "not a security researcher" facing limitations because of his age and not having the right "prerequisites," Hossam has had to pave his own path. He also dreams in code and is one of the youngest OSCEs in the world! BIO Hossam Mohamed is one of the youngest OSCE in the world and currently working in the cybersecurity domain for a finan…
 
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 right 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 to an awesome heads up display for ZAP Proxy, he's 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 s…
 
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…
 
Leron Gray is a man of many talents. Although he didn't really get into infosec until much later in life, he always had a creative side. He now finds himself as a pentester working from home and a nerdcore rapper producing amazing beats! BIO Leron is a penetration tester and a ten-year Navy veteran with four years of 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 th…
 
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 intell…
 
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 exploded 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 its follies) and his tribulations getting into the field. He also shares some interesting Navy stories. Look out for the bonus episode! BIO Jon is a father, husband…
 
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 at 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 King's quest games and looking f…
 
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 he was five. A true MacGuyver, he had to make do with the little resources available to him. He later enrolled in 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 h…
 
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 adventure since! This is Jack …
 
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 f…
 
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 fascinating war stories! BIO: Steph is a Security Analyst for a retail company makes up the team of one. She has a background in journalism and web hosting. She is the creator and editor of StephAn…
 
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 cybersecurity 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://www…
 
Clay Wells has been living in kernel/userland since Red Hat 4.0 Colgate. Worklife has primarily been in academia and has included programming, system administration, and information security. He's a point of contact for the DC215 group and one of the Blue Team Village coordinators at DEF CON. He also created unofficial CTF challenges for local hack…
 
Robin Stuart is a debut author in cybercrime fiction with a short story called "SegFault" in the Sisters in Crime NorCal anthology Fault Lines, which is due in early 2019!!! Notes Wrote her first full-length mystery in the mid-'90s! Pitching is basically a job interview Honing your pitch You only get one shot at that first impression She has a back…
 
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. Bio Veteran cybercrime investigator and contributing author to the Handbook for Information Security by Wiley, Robin is a de…
 
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