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About the Getting Into Infosec Podcast

About: Why This Podcast?

I’m often asked how do I get into Information Security (aka Cybersecurity). However, the answer is really not the same for everyone. First of all there are so many positions and niches in the field, so we kind of need to start there. Second, it helps to know more about the person, their strengths, weaknesses, and interests.

I figured the BEST way for someone to learn about the field and how to get in is from someone else’s experience. This would not only help educate them on getting in, but also add some inspiration that they are not alone and that others have crossed this path before. Hearing the hardships that others went through as well will motivate them to continue on when facing challenges.

About: The Process

For me, I’m always on the lookout for a good story. Often times I’m searching on twitter, or asking random people at security meetups and cons. It’s amazing the diversity of stories that are out there, if only I could clone myself!

I focus on practitioners in the field so that those out there looking to break in can get inspired and learn from them.

Do you have a story you’d like to share with the world? Shoot me an email with your LinkedIN profile or resume. Would love to connect. Especially if you JUST got into the field!

About: Equipment and Tools

I get this question often. In the spirit of open source, here’s a breakdown of all the tools and equipment I currently use. I’ll keep this updated. I plan to write a more in-depth series on how I came to the below items including failures and successes, it was a process!

Studio Microphone: Blue Yeti Nano

Field/Secondary Microphone: Samson Q2U Handheld Dynamic USB Microphone 

Pop Filter: PEMOTech Pop Filter

Studio Over the Ear Headphones: Samson SR350 Over Ear Stereo Headphones

End-End Recording:

Microphone Boom Arm: ZINGYOU FLEX-79 Flexible Microphone Stand for Broadcasting Studio – Desktop Boom Suspension Scissor Arm

Ah’s and Umm Cleanup: Fiverr

Podcast Host: Simplecast

Editing Software: Hindenburg Journalist Pro

Background Music: Audioblocks

Royalty Free Music: YouTube Audio Library

Automatic Publishing Episodes to YouTube:

Monitor: Old Kenwood receiver with two small speakers on either side of my monitor. Super important to use vs built-in monitor speakers.

About: Investment

A lot of time and work is invested in the show. In the spirit of transparency here is a breakdown of time and money spent on the show. As you know I don’t accept sponsors.

Editing – $25-40 per episode depending on length and sound quality. I use someone on Fiverr for this.

Podcast Hosting – $12/mo

Editing Software – $300 (one-time)

Post-Production, Spoof Ad, and Show Notes – 5+ hours / episode (I tried outsourcing this and I found it immensely more connecting to listen to the episode again take notes. This has been an amazing process and rediscover more details of our conversation the second time.)

Recording – 1-1.5 hours/episode

Sourcing and Scheduling – 2hrs per episode (Some people are much harder to schedule than others. A BIG thank you to guests that made it easy for me.)

Future projects:

  • Transcription – $1/min – Would love to host transcripts of the episodes but it’s really costly.
  • Spoof Ad Videos – Would love to animate these videos and post them on YouTube (Collaborators welcome!)

About: The Host

Hi I’m Ayman! I like coffee, Hawaiian shirts, and meeting new people. I’m a stop and smell the roses kinda guy. I’m also passionate about empowering and helping others. Follow me on Twitter for tweets and resources on Getting Into Infosec and sign up for my mailing list! If you see me out in the wild, come say hi!

If you found this useful, spread the word! I would really appreciate it.