Blog Posts Tagged with "Professional"

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Blame the Silver Heads?

July 17, 2012 Added by:Ian Tibble

The idea that CEOs are responsible for all our problems is one of the sacred holy cows of the security industry. Security analysts, managers, self-proclaimed "Evangelists", "Subject Matter Experts", ad infinitum are responsible for the problems. Lets look at ourselves before blaming others...

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Infosec: Is it Really OK to Say No?

July 16, 2012 Added by:Scott Thomas

Our job isn't to run the business or set direction, our job is to tell the ones at the helm that building a boat out of tin foil is a bad idea. We need to change the sign on the door from "Department of No" to "How does this affect our risk-posture?" and realize even then sometimes you need to say "No"...

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Is Privacy Worth the Loss of Opportunity?

July 05, 2012 Added by:Scott Thomas

Privacy is a huge issue to most of us in the infosec community. Where this hits home though is when you're contemplating making a career move. You want the industry to know that you're considering your choices, but you don't want "the wrong people" to know (read: your current employer)...

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Security Slide Rules

June 29, 2012 Added by:Wendy Nather

First off, there must be a slide talking about The Problem We All Face and that it’s a scary, scary world out there, otherwise I would forget why we’re all here. Next, there must be a slide that includes icons of people, the cloudernet, and either monitors or CPUs. Extra points for creatively drawn bad guys...

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Booth Babe Challenge: Show Me the Money

June 18, 2012 Added by:Michelle Klinger

The general consensus regarding whether booth babes are appropriate is a resounding NO, yet vendors still find it necessary to use this strategy. Even amidst complaints by conference attendees & public mocking on social media sites, vendors stick to their marketing guns and bust out the busty femaninas...

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Infosec Isn't for You If...

June 14, 2012 Added by:Ali-Reza Anghaie

Ali-Reza Anghaie - aka Packetknife - lays out a comprehensive and slightly humorous examination of why a career in information security may not be your cup of tea... How many describe you?

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Ten Networking Alternatives After LinkedIn's Security Breach

June 13, 2012 Added by:Allan Pratt, MBA

Much has been written about the LinkedIn security breach and the millions of passwords at risk. Hopefully by now all users have changed them and made them more complex. When it comes to professional social networking sites though, LinkedIn is not the only game in town. Here are the Top 10 alternatives...

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Lies, Damn Lies, and Infosec

June 13, 2012 Added by:Dave Shackleford

I often hear infosec folks opine that things are futile, we’re not making a lot of progress, we’re not “winning” (whatever that means). I’ve struggled with this for a long time. I’m an optimist and I want badly to believe that we can succeed at beating back what for all appearances seems to be an unending tide...

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Security Field Entry Advice

June 08, 2012 Added by:Jayson Wylie

Government reports show that there is up to a fifty percent gap for information security needs to those able to fill them. This means that more and more people will attempt to enter into the information technology security field as the compensation for those who have security talent rises...

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Security BSides Las Vegas Mentorship Program

June 07, 2012 Added by:Security BSides

One of the many great things happening this year at BSides Las Vegas is the New Speaker Mentor program. The goal is to encourage new speakers to participate in the community. A team of mentors will work with the new speakers to hone their presentation and provide support for them...

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Hallway Con: The Real Reason to Go to Security Conferences

June 04, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

No matter how much we push to a connected world via digital mediums - the human interaction, the discussion, and the ability to have a deep and meaningful problem-solving session outside the confines of the office is one of the most valuable things you can ever provide for your organization...

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BSidesDetroit: ConBlu, and a First Try at Presenting

June 03, 2012 Added by:Scott Thomas

The great thing about the people (and our industry as a whole) is that people attending were willing to share their thoughts and what they did to stave off burnout. The conference itself was awesome. The different tracks made it easy to have hallway-con, as well having a teaching area, and a lock-pick village...

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Conferring about Security Conferences

May 30, 2012 Added by:Wendy Nather

There's a great discussion going on right now on Twitter about what's wrong with security conferences: Do we have too many? Are they focusing on the wrong things? Even if the hot topics are nominally the same, the perspectives and timbre of discussions will be very different...

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Melville's "Bartleby the Scrivener" and Infosec

May 26, 2012 Added by:Rafal Los

Bottom line is, you won't be able to force change no matter how much you yell, scream, or try to scare the leadership. Better security is a cultural change, it's a change that must be adopted for a purpose or organizational goal. Otherwise, you're throwing rocks against a brick wall...

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A Meandering Rant on Sexism in Security

May 22, 2012 Added by:Jack Daniel

The depressing “booth babe” situation is an ongoing embarrassment. In the right contexts, I have nothing against attractive people, fast cars, or other things normally used to sell cheap beer - I just don’t believe that tech and security events are the correct contexts...

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Infosec and the Death of the Rabbi

May 17, 2012 Added by:Carter Schoenberg

What is more valuable, a SCADA security pro that understands a plant with such detail that his knowledge may never be rivaled, or a person who can also understand the organizations mission need and business drivers and can translate security into quantified risk measurements...

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