Blue Team Social Impact: How to volunteer your cyberdefense skills without getting burned out

Presented at Blue Team Con 2022, Aug. 27, 2022, 1:30 p.m. (30 minutes)

Want to give back to your community by volunteering your blue team skills, but don't want to turn into a small nonprofit's 24/7 unpaid on-call helpdesk? We'll explore ways you can maximize your happiness & social impact by taking your blue team talents into the volunteer space. You'll learn how to avoid re-inventing the wheel when it comes to blue team charity work, along with many lessons learned on avoiding volunteerism burnout due to a busy dayjob. When done properly, volunteering your technology skillset or helping to train/mentor others interested in your occupation can have a gigantic positive impact both to your community and your mental wellbeing! When done poorly, you might burn bridges and find yourself more stressed out than necessary due to a volunteer situation gone wrong. Don't do that to yourself; attend this talk and let's make the world a better place one blue team volunteer opportunity at a time!


  • Tom Costello
    Tom Costello has spent over 15 years in the Blue Team world, and has been fascinated by TCP/IP since earning the CCNA at age 18. He is a Senior Network Engineer in the public sector where he works on a wide variety of datacenter switching, campus switching and firewall projects. Tom spent 12 years in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as a Data Systems Technician & Data Systems Chief. He earned a BS in Computer Network Technology from Davenport University, and a MS in Administration from Central Michigan University. When not spending time on Blue Team things, Tom can be found troubleshooting his overcomplicated home network at, or helping Evergreen Park American Legion Post 854’s Bingo operations with their technology needs.

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