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.
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 Mixed Reality (VR/AR/MR) collectively known as XR.
Kavya is constantly exploring new technologies to solve current cybersecurity challenges.
Syntax had an interesting ride into infosec filled with pitstops, detours, and countersteering along the way. He got started at an early age influenced by his father and was wrongfully arrested for reporting a vulnerability in his High School. Hear his exciting journey into infosec, filled with life lessons.
My guest this week is Tanya Janca aka SheHacksPurple. Tanya is an awesome giving person. She's a huge proponent of mentoring, diversity and inclusion, and application security. She's quite involved in the community from starting her own company, to running her own OWASP chapter for 4 years in Ottawa, founding a new OWASP chapter in Victoria, and co-founding the international women’s organization WoSEC. Her full BIO below...
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.
Page Glave was a tenured Associate Professor of Kinesiology with a focus in exercise science and was successful in her field, on her way to full professor! However she came to the realization that she can't see herself doing this for the rest of her life. This is her story.
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.
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.
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.
Keya was a public school teacher who stood out of 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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
InfosecJon expands on some CRAZY follies he experienced during his times in the Navy. Many times he comes close to a fatal or catastrophic experience. He learns through trial by fire, literally, to trust but verify!
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.
Adrian is the nerd brought in to talk to other nerds. He did not have a direct path to Security, but every role he had in his career helped him in his next role and in security. He shares some hilarious stories as well as
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.
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.
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 adventure since!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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 always kept a lookout for a career in security. Oh... she's also a cyber-crime author!
Rob is a former Marine Corps Infantry Officer who transitioned himself to an outstanding Information Security Officer in the private sector. He talks about the transition and all the nuances we in the private sector take for granted.
Matt Toth is a Senior Security Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology industry, with a focus on Cyber Security. Working with the US Department of Defense, he has led teams in CyberWar simulations, and has advised senior leadership on new attack vectors and threat actors. With a passion for security, Matt is deeply engaged with the community to educate and prepare the next generation of Cyber Professional.
On top of that, he’s a good friend of mine in the industry with solid advice for those looking for a career in Information Security.
In our chat, Matt breaks down a Sales Engineer’s role, explains his love of conference badges, and gets philosophical on issues related to those trying to make it in the field.
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 Information Security, not to mention how women and other underrepresented groups in the community have a more difficult time navigating this industry due to institutional barriers.
In our discussion, Christina touches on the wide variety of resources and events that helped her enter information security, why teamwork is just as important as technical work, and why InfoSec's responsibilities will continue to grow in the near future.
0day (“Zero Day”) is a security researcher who specializes in distributed systems security.
In his career journey through Circuit City's Firedog service, trading floors and corporate information security, he’s amassed significant experience in the industry and is an example of how security consciousness is important even before you're an official security "pro".
In our conversation, 0day discusses getting into computers as an inner city kid, acknowledging how our hangups can affect the growth of InfoSec, the benefits of older technology, and much more.
In this first episode, I chat with Dan Borges, a professional red teamer, blogger, and security tool developer.
Dan discusses his early experiences using and exploiting computer systems, how InfoSec experts work with companies, and a new tools he and other created and released this year!