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’ve had the (dubious) honor and privilege of witnessing a couple decades of IT educational lab environments. Even after well over a decade of full-time cybersecurity work, I often still have to re-certify on various tasks which require I complete a live lab or CTF (capture the flag). I build such environments myself. The way… Read More Bad, Good, and Super-Cringey Infosec Lab Environments
A brief vlog on stylistic and content problems I see on resumes at clinics and from candidates.… Read More Infosec Resume No-Nos [VLOG]
This week, I address some burning questions about education and training. As always, submit your problems here! Dear Lesley, Let’s cut to the chase. I hate coding. I don’t enjoy building things from scratch. I do, however, love taking things apart, and would probably be able to learn to code if I started in… Read More Ask Lesley InfoSec Advice Column: 2017-03-16
Chapter 4: Blue Team Careers With the help of many people in InfoSec who kindly gave me advice and quotes, I have created a perhaps overly simplistic listing of common InfoSec roles in today’s market. For each role I have listed a brief summary of what the job does, where these jobs can be found… Read More Starting an InfoSec Career – The Megamix – Chapters 4-5
Around con time, I’m frequently asked ‘how to become a computer hacker’. Since it’s a delightfully non-specific question, I have decided to illustrate my response for posterity: The most critical things when getting into infosec are the right attitude, curiosity, and interest, a solid foundation of technical knowledge, and the motivation to take advantage of… Read More How to become a hacker… now with 80% more pictures.
Wow! I can’t believe Gen Con is already over. We had an amazing time at the con and giving our Hacking in Fiction panel for 43 lovely people on Thursday night. I want to extend a big thanks to my co-speakers, Johnny and Beltface. We ended up going over our allotted 90 minutes again –… Read More Gen Con 2015 – A Big “Thank You!” from Us to You!