How to get your first IT/cybersec job with Jenny Codes
When I met Jenny about a year ago, she was wrapping up her Master’s degree. A year later, she’d transitioned from being an intern, to freelancing, contracting, and now, landing a full-time software engineering role. I invited her to the show so that we could learn how she pulled this off in such a short period of time.
September 22, 2021
How to get started and breakthrough in Bug Bounty Hunting with Hakluke
Luke Stephens (aka Hakluke) has been a Pentester, Bug Bounty Hunter, and he recently worked at Bugcrowd before striking out on his own. In this episode, I ask him about his role at Bugcrowd (a bug bounty platform), how he got started in bug bounty hunting, and how he found his first bug. Coming from a pentesting background, he initially struggled to transition to a bug bounty hunting mindset. He shares what helped him break through that initial struggle, how he balances automation vs manual hunting, and his process to determine how long to spend on a specific target. If you’re interested in bug bounty hunting, this is absolutely an episode you should listen to.
June 17, 2021
Building and maturing AppSec programs in startups
Spyros Gasteratos (@0xfde) is an AppSec Lead at a Fintech startup, where he manages their AppSec team in charge of securing their application’s code. We talk about their current architecture, their biggest security challenges as a Fintech organization, and how Spyros helped take the beginnings of an Application Security program to a higher maturity level. This episode contains advice I wish I’d heard years ago on how to involve AppSec early in the product lifecycle, and how to know where to focus your efforts when there’s so much going on. A must-listen if you are a startup or you’re building out an AppSec program.
June 2, 2021
Landing your first job and certification in cybersecurity with Emily Pearson
After working in Signals Intelligence for the Navy, Emily decided she wanted to pursue a career in cybersecurity. In this episode, she shares the steps she took to transition from active duty to being a full-time student, getting her Security+ certification, and landing her first job as a SOC Analyst in Seattle. She also shares whether her education and certification helped with getting that job, and other tips for not only getting started, but staying on track with learning goals.
February 25, 2021
Incident Response as a career with Matt Trostel
Hear from a Cybersecurity Incident Response Team Lead at a Fortune 50 company what it’s like to be on the Blue Team fighting off threats and Red Teams with fascinating stories. On top of that, we get career advice from Matt on how to get started in this field with practical tips.
February 17, 2021
So you want to be CIO? Here’s how to stand out and make the cut (3 of 3)
In our 3rd episode of the CIO mini-series with Kevin Christ, we talk about the last stretch to becoming CIO. This episode is for those who are mid-career and who want to enhance their chances to join the CIO ranks. The episode starts out with bad news based on chilling facts that odds aren’t in your favor. But, that doesn’t mean you should throw in the towel just yet. Kevin shares actionable advice on how to find opportunities, how to make yourself stand out, and how to increase your chances of earning the title.
December 16, 2020
Public schools are being targeted by Cybercriminals
In this episode, Eric Lankford and Doug Levin join us to shine a light on the disturbing and dangerous cyber threats academic institutions are facing. Cyberattacks are a significant and growing threat to our nation’s K-12 public schools, students, and employees. There were ~350 publicly disclosed cybersecurity incidents that impacted K-12 schools in 2019. They primarily consisted of data breaches resulting in unauthorized disclosures of student/staff data, ransomware and other malware attacks, phishing attacks, and other social engineering scams as well as denial-of-service attacks. With only 5% of surveyed IT teams feeling that student data is at high risk.
October 30, 2020
How to increase diversity & inclusion in IT organizations with Roshanda King
In this episode, Roshanda King joins Shawna & Christophe in discussing how organizations (and the people within them) can work to proactively increase diversity and inclusion. As she is part of a Diversity & Inclusion Program at her current organization, you will get direct insights into what has worked for them, all the way from onboarding new hires, to best practices for existing employees and managers. This was such an uplifting episode, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed recording it!
October 6, 2020
Have you heard of the National Cyber Moonshot initiative?
In this episode, our guests Bobbie Stempfley, Tom Patterson, and Eric Lankford explain and share what the National Cyber Moonshot initiative is, and the six strategic pillars for a safe and secure internet to bring economic growth, national security, enhanced privacy, technology advances, and global leadership benefits. Specifically, this episode focuses on the Cyber Education workshop, which is convening with leading experts and practitioners to look at breakthrough concepts and realities in use across the nation and around the world. The goal of the Education Pillar is to dramatically increase the availability, quality, and diversity of cybersecurity talent in the United States for Cybersecurity Moonshot Initiative strategic focus areas, while also educating all citizens of their shared responsibilities in creating a safe and secure internet environment. Bobbie has served at both DHS and CERT and now works for Dell’s office of the CISO. Tom is the Chief Trust Officer of Unisys, and Eric is the founding partner of K12 SIX.
September 30, 2020
Build a career story that will kick open the doors to CIO with Kevin Christ (2 of 3)
In this 2nd episode (series of 3), we welcome back Kevin Christ to pick up where we left off with the 1st episode: answering the question of “what can I do in my early career to set myself up for the CIO position?” If you have aspirations to become a CIO/CTO/etc... then definitely check out this episode because it will be full of actionable tips you can implement now.
September 28, 2020
Luck is when opportunity meets preparation. Start preparing to become a CIO now, with Kevin Christ (1 of 3)
In this episode, we explain what it means to be a CIO/CTO and we answer the question of “who makes it to that level, and how?” We explain the roles and responsibilities that CIOs face, how those are constantly evolving every few years, and how CIOs must re-invent themselves over time. We then talk about the typical paths to becoming a CIO, as well as tips & tricks that our guest has collected throughout his career. Our guest, Kevin Christ, is an IT consulting leader, CIO coach, and transformational interim CIO with many years of experience at both large and boutique consulting firms. He was named a top 25 consultant by consulting magazine for excellence in technology. In short, this is right up his alley! This is definitely an episode full of actionable career advice that you won’t want to miss.
September 2, 2020
A day in the life at a SOC, and entry-level positions, skills, and success tips with Bob Salmans
Bob Salmans, a repeat guest, has led a Security Operations Center (SOC) team with various roles and responsibilities including: threat hunting, pen testing, incident response, security risks assessments, compliance, and training. In this episode, he shares what a day in the life of a SOC team looks like, as well as tips, skills, and knowledge to focus on for an entry-level position in a SOC. We also discuss potential career paths once you’ve been in a SOC team, and more.
July 17, 2020
Top skills and technologies to focus on as a beginner in cybersecurity with Bob Salmans
Bob Salmans has over 25 years of IT experience in various roles, including serving as the Security Team Lead for the AME Group which is an IT Services company, where he leads a team that provides managed security services to their clients. In this episode, we talk about top skills to build if you’re a beginner in cybersec looking for entry-level jobs, and we talk about the top technologies that are most critical to learn for aspiring cybersec job candidates. We also talk about overcoming that dreaded “lack of experience” response when applying for jobs, and more!
July 17, 2020
Lack IT or cybersecurity experience? Here’s how to stand out with Tom Sweet
Tom Sweet is a VP of IT Solutions at GM Financial, where he has successfully implemented and led training and upskilling programs. In this episode, he shares tips on how to overcome a lack of experience when applying for IT or cybersec jobs, and what skills/technologies to focus on learning. He also shares advice on how to make your resume, experience, and online presence stand out from the crowd, and more. Tons of actionable advice in this episode!
July 12, 2020