Draw a Bigger Circle: InfoSec Evolves

Presented at DerbyCon 8.0 Evolution (2018), Oct. 5, 2018, 5 p.m. (50 minutes)

InfoSec has never been more needed, or more in demand. Against a geopolitical backdrop of escalating tensions and drama, there are new attack methods and IoT nightmares as we drown in data. How do we, as a community, evolve to find the people we need to grow into the future? This talk explores our extraordinary strengths as a community, and how InfoSec needs to grow forward to address the challenges ahead. We’ll explore some existing mindsets and open the door to unconventional backgrounds. Where does our communal knowledge benefit by drawing from more sources to enhance our big picture? What can we gain from where we aren’t we looking? We’ll look at how we see ourselves within this community. Imposter syndrome and elitism are two sides of the same coin. What are the definitive benefits we derive as members of this collective? How do we find out who is part of our community? While our ability to close ranks against intruders is a strength, is it holding us back by holding us in? Infosec is more than a career. It’s a community we call home, an extraordinary incubator of skill and talent that needs our help to keep growing. But to bring in the people we need, we have to think outside the box and draw a bigger circle.



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