Wanna Be a Security Rock Star? Practice Like One…

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Tripwire Inc


Posted by Mitch Thomas

You know those situations when you have limited time to make your case?  Say when you have to give your “elevator pitch” to a hurried manager or it could be the limited time you have in front of a judge or you are trying to convince the kids to hustle out, out, out the door to make an appointment.

For me, to be effective in a short amount of time, I have to practice… at least a little, usually a lot.  I had to do that just other day during IgniteTAO, where the presentation format specifies only 5 minutes and 20 slides to get my point across.

It just doesn’t work unless you rehearse.  I find security also requires lots of rehearsing. If you don’t have a clear goal, the necessary information, and the tools to understand it at your fingertips you will either muddle through or worse fail to make your point.

And to make things more “interesting” you may find that when you are in the spotlight, there are unknown challenges you have to recon with.  This happened during my presentation.


Once up on the stage, I realized my view of the slides were skewed due to viewing them through a mirror.  All the text that I had been using as mental queues were now right-to-left (vs. left-to-right).

Not only that, but I don’t usually use a microphone and I became paranoid that I was holding the microphone wrong and I couldn’t use my hands since I was holding the microphone like a rock star… not something I usually do around the house..

The presentation went well enough, but between being nervous, reading reversed text and the distraction of fumbling with the microphone, I felt much less confident than I would have liked.

So, if you are planning on securing your infrastructure or making your case for security related budget, I highly recommend rehearsing over and over with your tools, the related information and your goal in mind.

When was the last time you rehearsed your security script?  Are you comfortable with your tools?   If you want to be a security rock star, you should practice like one.

Cross Posted from Tripwire's State of Security Blog

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