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.
Rana Khalil - From Cryptography to Pentester!
Rana Khalil. Rana is a senior cybersecurity assessment analyst and has a really diverse professional background. She has spoken at many different conferences, including BSides, ISSA OS, Ottawa, and hack fest. She's recently received the OSCP, a coveted security certification out there in the community. She has definitely written up and done tons of write-ups on the OSCP and different hack-the-box write-ups. This episode will unravel how Rana discovered and journeyed through cryptography and pen testing despite attaining a computer science degree. LINKS Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ranakhalil1/?originalSubdomain=ca Intro Music: https://trash80.com/#/content/133/weeklybeats-2012-week5 Security and Privacy Framework: iapp.org Full Shownotes: https://www.gettingintoinfosec.com/
Norman Weekes— From Contractor To Security Ops Analyst
Norman is on the TVM Operations Team at Salesforce. He is in charge of scanning their infrastructure and ensuring that everything is set up and operating properly. Norman already spent almost a year in the information security world. This is also his first official full-time security job. After going through different job contracts, he believes that if everything's shut down early, there's no reason not to just get in a good routine and go after whatever certification or whatever job you want. This episode will undoubtedly inspire and assist job contractors who are considering a career in the information security world. Full Show Notes: https://www.gettingintoinfosec.com/
Niru Ragupathy - From Almost Biotech to QA to Google Security Lead
Niru Ragupathy is a Security Engineer at Google and 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/
John Gates - From Car Mechanic to Lead IT Security Analyst
John Gates is 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/
Samantha Cowan - From National Parks Service To Head Of Compliance
Samantha Cowan is 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/
Betsy Bevilacqua - From Almost Lawyer to CISO and Security Leader
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 academia, food and facilities, healthcare, telephone communications, and finance to more traditional tech. Her interview is full of advice for those looking to break in and those already in infosec. Links, Detailed Show Notes, and Transcript: https://gettingintoinfosec.com/betsy
IT Swiss Army Knife
This podcast is so good, I spent 30 days of office commutes listening to every episode available. I’ve spent my 10+ year career working as an IT Infrastructure Admin or Engineer and being able to address any technology challenge but last year I volunteered to replace the cyber security engineer at my company and found myself lacking in those knowledge and resource areas. I started looking around for learning resources and found this podcast and all I can say is, for me, every single episode of this podcast has, at a minimum, 2 golden nuggets of information for someone new to the Information Security mindset. Super kudos to Ayman for the progress thus far and please keep producing content for the betterment of the Information Security field.
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!
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!