Getting Into Infosec

Getting Into Infosec

Entertaining stories of how others got into Information Security (aka cybsersecurity), their experiences, lessons learned, and advice about getting in.


Listen for an "Easter Egg" in each show!

If you're looking to break into infosec, I wrote a little guide! Check it out:

“I purchased the kindle book last night and just finished it. It was a great “mini-mentoring” session, and I felt encouraged to persevere. I plan to listen to the podcasts regularly. As a woman getting into InfoSec, I feel as though I have been alone my entire life, learning and self-teaching with no real guidance or mentorship.”

If you benefited from an episode, please take a moment to thank our guests for taking the time and sharing their story.

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    BONUS - Audiobook Sample!

    Preview the retail audio sample of my book: Breaking IN - A Practical Guide to Starting a Career In Information Security

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    Hossam Mohamed - Young Hacker to "Not A Security Researcher"

    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!

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    Izzy - Random and Unplanned: From Annuities to ISO!

    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.

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    BONUS - InfosecJon Learns Trust But Verify The HARD way

    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!

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    Nipun Gupta - From Security Consultant to Security Innovator

    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.

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    Jack Rhysider - From Odd-jobs to Network Analyst to SOC Architect to... Darknet Diaries!

    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!

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    Yaron Levi - Entrepreneur to Security Architect to CISO and Security Champion

    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!

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    Clay Wells - From SysAdmin to Security Architect to Con Organizer!

    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!

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    Matt Toth - From Slinky Network Support Engineer to Security Sales Engineer

    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.

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    Christina Hanson - From HOA Manager to Headfirst Into InfoSec!

    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.

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    0day - From "Geek Squad" tech to DevSecOps

    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.

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    Dan Borges - From Infosec ITAdmin to Red Teamer to CTF Organizer

    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!

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    A trailer for the upcoming podcast Getting Into Information Security

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