A few Saturdays ago I had the pleasure of presenting “Hacking Your Way into an Infosec Career” at BSidesDelaware. The talk wasn’t too technical obviously but I hope it helped a few people take that next step of turning a fun hobby into a life long career. Below is a link to the slide deck I used along with the submitted abstract.
Abstract: The information security field is rapidly growing due in part to the combination of government laws and regulations, industry compliance requirements, and ongoing increases in online crime. If you have an interest in infosec, there has never been a better time to take the leap from something you do for fun into a full time career. This presentation helps guide those with a passion for infosec into turning their hobby into a career. It begins with a study of the lack of infosec focus at the foundation of our educational system and continues on to discuss an overarching principle and several simple frameworks you can follow to help get your foot into the door of that first infosec job. On top of this framework, the presentation suggests several immediate and ongoing activities you can do to help catalyze the transition. The talk closes with several case studies and the release of a Career Exploit Kit to ensure you can hack your way into that infosec career.
Also if you search around you may even find a video of the presentation. I’m a little camera shy so I leave finding it as an exercise to the reader. 🙂
Finally, I’d like to thank @kickfroggy, @phat32, and the rest of the BSidesDE crew for a great conference and the chance to get to meet so many of you in person. You can find out more about SecurityBSides and BSidesDelaware at their wiki site. See ya!