59 episodes

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.

Getting Into Infosec Ayman Elsawah (@coffeewithayman)

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    • 4.1 • 41 Ratings

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.

    Niru Ragupathy - From Almost Biotech to QA to Google Security Lead

    Niru Ragupathy - From Almost Biotech to QA to Google Security Lead

    Today we're joined by Niru Ragupathy. Niru is a Security Engineer at Google. She works as the Offensive Security Lead and manages part of the Offensive Security Team. She is currently the Tech Lead Manager. Niru sees managing as a challenging, interesting ride yet undervalued skill. She also considers it rewarding although it demands the investment of both time and effort. 

    She believes that it is important to start leading and take things slowly but not take the decision lightly. Having planned on taking Biotech in College but being persuaded by her parents, she was thrust to take on Computer Sciences since it has greater demands in society. In the face of her struggles, Niru has found her sense of belongingness in security management. This episode will surely encourage and benefit Engineers who struggle in transitioning on management. 

    LINKS

    Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/niru-ragupathy-99078233

    Intro Music: https://trash80.com/#/content/133/weeklybeats-2012-week5

    Security and Privacy Framework: iapp.org

     

    Full Show Notes: https://www.gettingintoinfosec.com/

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    • 44 min
    John Gates - From Car Mechanic to Lead IT Security Analyst

    John Gates - From Car Mechanic to Lead IT Security Analyst

    Today we're joined by John Gates, a Lead IT Security Operations Analyst for a global food brand. John has always liked to know how do things work - and that has proven to be a beneficial trait - from his first job as a car mechanic to IT consultancy and education to his current role. He’s also an advisor and former board member at OpsecEdu, an organization educating technologists in state, local, and education agencies on security best practices. 

    LINKS

    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/johngates/

    OpsecEdu: https://www.opsecedu.com/

    Intro Music: https://trash80.com/#/content/133/weeklybeats-2012-week5

     

    Full Show Notes: https://www.gettingintoinfosec.com/john-gates-from-car-mechanic-to-lead-security-analyst/

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    • 36 min
    Samantha Cowan - From National Parks Service To Head Of Compliance

    Samantha Cowan - From National Parks Service To Head Of Compliance

    Today we're joined by Samantha Cowan. Sam is currently the Head of Compliance at HackerOne. She's the former Director of Compliance at OneLogin and former Security Engineer at CoverHound, Cyber Policy, and Zenefits. Sam initially perceived Infosec as an "unhappy job", but later found herself taking her MBA and paving her way into the security industry. Despite having her master's degree, she was not an exemption to facing rejections when applying for cybersecurity. Her episode is mind-blowing as she shares how you can break into boundaries by being confident in yourself and by not compromising to being seen as a token hire.

    LINKS

    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/samanthacowan/

    Intro Music: https://trash80.com/#/content/133/weeklybeats-2012-week5

    Security and Privacy Framework: iapp.org

     

    Read More about this episode at: https://www.gettingintoinfosec.com/Samantha-Cowan-From-National-Parks-Service-To-Head-Of-Compliance/

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    • 39 min
    Betsy Bevilacqua - From Almost Lawyer to CISO and Security Leader

    Betsy Bevilacqua - From Almost Lawyer to CISO and Security Leader

    Betsy's journey from law to infosec and the people she's met on the way have helped mold her into who she is today

    • 40 min
    Dr. Eric Cole - Accidental CIA Hacker To Fortune 500 Security Advisory To Entrepreneur

    Dr. Eric Cole - Accidental CIA Hacker To Fortune 500 Security Advisory To Entrepreneur

    Dr. Eric Cole's career has been a mixed of sixth-sense chance encounters and wisdom / foresight of the future. His uncanny ability while younger 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.

    • 49 min
    Lisa Jiggetts - From Navy Cook To Pentester To Non-Profit Founder!

    Lisa Jiggetts - From Navy Cook To Pentester To Non-Profit Founder!

    Lisa Jiggetts knew from an early age that she was going to be in tech an cyber. A navy veteren who started off as a cook, she always found herself gravitating towards technology. She is also the Founder & Board of Director of Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu, a non-profit that is dedicated to increasing the opportunities and advancement for women in cybersecurity. Checkout her journey into the cybersecurity field.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

nighthawk2009 ,

Excellent podcast!

I love this podcast because it gives people like me the tools and encouragement to pursue a career in cyber security. The interviews are excellent and you’ll definitely find somebody that’s in your lane of life and was able to break into the industry. If you want to get into cyber security, this is a great podcast to listen to.

Zach M 108 ,

All the stars!

I fail to see if this podcast has anything less than 5 stars! The value provided by Ayman for people trying to get into the field is unparalleled, and Ayman is an expert host who is very kind and helpful. So go ahead, change that sub 5 star review to a 5 star, you know it’s deserved!

JoshCrist ,

Empowering, insightful and actionable! 🙌

Whether you’re well established as an innovator in infosec, or just getting started in the industry - this is a must-listen podcast for you! Ayman does an incredible job leading conversations that cover a huge breadth of topics related to the ins and outs of building a thriving career in information security - and life you can be proud of - with leaders who’ve actually experienced success themselves. Highly recommend listening and subscribing!

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