I suppose one could say that I’ve been doing this far too long, and I’ve gained some knowledge about how the cybersecurity industry works, and how people succeed or fail at the field. To give back to newcomers, I recently opened up a Calendly to do ad hoc career mentoring, in addition to the career… Read More Lessons Learned from Cybersecurity Mentoring
I now have some limited appointments for career counseling and resume discussion open for sign-ups. These sessions are free for college students and current enlisted military, and tip-what-you can for everyone else, if you feel my help was meaningful. You can sign up here: https://calendly.com/lesleycarhart Keep in mind that I can only review North American… Read More Career Counseling Office Hours!
Hi friends! I hope you’re having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend (for the US folks), or a nice weekend regardless of location. I just wanted to drop a quick note to let you all know that from now on the best way to follow my daily social media posts, which include Q&As, cybersecurity news, and news… Read More I’ve Moved to Mastodon!
Hi pals! I hear you like lists as folks migrate over to Mastodon. Here are some I will keep relatively updated you may find useful, just to track people down! If you want me to remove you for some reason, contact me by DM or email. You can import these lists in your Mastodon preferences… Read More Infosec Mastodon Lists!
https://www.asisonline.org/security-management-magazine/monthly-issues/security-technology/archive/2022/october/Your-Cyber-Response-Plan-Needs-These-6-Components/ Cybersecurity incidents are no longer a matter of if, but when. Building a good strategy and architecture to deter intrusions is incredibly important in reducing the frequency and severity of incidents, but there is no scenario where any organization is totally immune. That means that every organization must have a plan for what they… Read More ASIS Article – Preparing for OT Incident Response
“Dear Lesley, I’ve been in a MSSP Security Operations Center (SOC) for a few months as my first cybersecurity job. The work is monotonous, I have access to only a few SIEM tools, and most of what I do is handle repetitive tickets for a ton of customers all by myself on awkward shifts. I… Read More Ask Lesley: How Much Should SOC Work Suck?
With the surplus of ransomware attacks consistently increasing, I have unfortunately witnessed another increase – in shoddy and predatory cybersecurity incident response firms with good SEO taking advantage of victims. In some cases this may be opportunistic, and in others simply a side effect of the shortage of senior and principal level incident responders in… Read More Reasonable IR Team Expectations
Lesley, I am having the hardest time getting my foot in the door in an investigative role. I have spent almost 4 years at the same job, in the same role, and cannot find a way to transition out of the operations side of the house. I went into operations with the intent of doing… Read More Ask Lesley: From Ops to DFIR, a Tough Transition