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Fareedah Shaheed - From Tech Curious to Information Security

Fareedah, a lifelong learner, was always interested in technology and grew up reading her father's Cisco books. His influence led her to the field of information security where she stepped up and is always tackling new challenges. Read Full Show Notes →

BONUS - Updates, Defcon, More

Hey everyone! It's been awhile, I know! Life has been busy. Lots of transitions, so schedule has taken time to get used to. Read Full Show Notes →

Keya Horiuchi - From Teacher, Filmmaker, and Website Design to Security Engineer!

Keya was a public school teacher who stood out of crowd. She loves problem solving and challenging environments. Keya was also a filmmaker and web designer. She's currently a detection security engineer who get knee deep in malware on a daily basis. Read Full Show Notes →

BONUS - Audiobook Sample!

Preview the retail audio sample of my book: Breaking IN - A Practical Guide to Starting a Career In Information Security Read Full Show Notes →

Hossam Mohamed - Young Hacker to "Not A Security Researcher"

A 19 year old "not a security researcher". Facing limitations because of his age and not having the right "prerequisites" Hossam has had to make his own path. He also dreams in code and is one of the youngest OSCE's in the world! Read Full Show Notes →

BONUS - Consuming VS Producing

My thoughts on consuming vs production and how it relates to Getting Into Infosec. Read Full Show Notes →

Izzy - Random and Unplanned: From Annuities to ISO!

Ismaelle Vixsama (aka Izzy) has a knack for finding strategic flaws and speaking up about them. Doing so helped her get her first full-time job as well as have repercussions for defensive egos. Her whole career is a war story. Read Full Show Notes →

David Scrobonia - Lifelong builder, Appsec Engineer, Creator of ZAP Heads Up Display

From Zero to One, David is a lifelong builder. Wherever he goes he just builds things. From an electric car to adhoc android apps to ZAP HUD, an awesome heads up display for ZAP Proxy, a game changer imho. Read Full Show Notes →

BONUS - Cliff's Notes To The First 20 Episodes!

Having completed 20 episodes (~15 hours of interviews), I decided to take a moment to go over each episode briefly. Read Full Show Notes →

BONUS - MCOHMI New Song, Trap Music, and Domain Song Background

MC OHM-I (Leron Gray) talks about his next project about tabs in the browser, trap music, and some background on his awesome song Domain. Read Full Show Notes →

Leron Gray - From Navy E6 to Pentester, SANS Mentor and Nerdcore Rapper!

Leron Gray is a man of many talents. Not getting really into computers until much later in life, but always having a creative side, he now finds himself as a pentester working from home and nerdcore rapper producing amazing beats! Read Full Show Notes →

Jared Folkins - 18 YRO Manager To Education Security To Human Hero

Jared Folkins understands people, technology, and the world around him. He can smell a toxic environment from a mile away and has used that EIQ spider sense for good. Read Full Show Notes →

BONUS - How President Obama Got Into Infosec!

President Obama first got into information security when a security project came up while working as an intern at Google. Read Full Show Notes →

Masha Sedova - From Generations of CS to Behavioral Science and Entrepreneurship

Masha Sedova comes from a history of computer scientists! She loves challenges and is currently tackling the human side of security through data, psychology, and behavioral science. Read Full Show Notes →

BONUS - InfosecJon Learns Trust But Verify The HARD way

InfosecJon expands on some CRAZY follies he experienced during his times in the Navy. Many times he comes close to a fatal or catastrophic experience. He learns through trial by fire, literally, to trust but verify! Read Full Show Notes →

InfosecJon - From Rudderless Youth to Navy Engineer to Security Professional

InfosecJon runs a website cataloging his learning and dedicated to helping others get in the field. He shares his personal story from a directionless youth to enlisting in the Navy (and it's follies) and his tribulations getting into the field. Read Full Show Notes →

InfosecSherpa - From Travel Agent to Law Librarian to Security Analyst!

Little does the Information Security community know, but among us are experts at OSINT. They lurk behind friendly faces, waiting to be asked questions. They are librarians! Read Full Show Notes →

Adrian Kaylor - From Network Admin to Trainer to Sales Engineer for Life

Adrian is the nerd brought in to talk to other nerds. He did not have a direct path to Security, but every role he had in his career helped him in his next role and in security. He shares some hilarious stories as well as Read Full Show Notes →

Nipun Gupta - From Security Consultant to Security Innovator

Nipun graduated during the recession, but found a job as a consultant which helped him gain experience quickly. He was in fact discouraged to pursue a career in information security due to his immigrant status. Nipun is now a Cyber Security Executive focused on innovation. Read Full Show Notes →

BONUS - My Book is OUT: Breaking IN: A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting a Career in Information Security

Hi Everyone! I'm really excited to announce my book! You can find it on Amazon (link below) or at Read Full Show Notes →

Marcus Carey - Childhood Builder/Breaker to Navy Cryptologist to Founder and Mentor

Marcus Carey has been hacking since we was five. A true MacGuyver he had to make due with little resources available to him. He later enrolled for the Navy, worked for 3 letter agencies including the NSA, and now has his own security startup. Marcus shares a TON with us in this episode. Read Full Show Notes →

Jack Rhysider - From Odd-jobs to Network Analyst to SOC Architect to... Darknet Diaries!

Jack Rhysider's origin story. With an engineering background Jack found himself doing odd jobs at first. Looking to get back into tech he "certed" up and got a job in the NOC (Network Operation Center) and eventually became a SOC architect building a SOC from scratch. Looking to do something different, he started Dark Net Diaries and it's been an adventure since! Read Full Show Notes →

Yaron Levi - Entrepreneur to Security Architect to CISO and Security Champion

Yaron Levi is the CISO for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. We talk about what he looks for in people when hiring in Infosec and a time when he took a chance on someone (against the opinion of his peers) and his chance was a big success. We also discuss a breach he had to deal with only 3 months into his job! Read Full Show Notes →

InfoSteph - From Journalism to IT Support to Security Analyst

Steph is brand new to the infosec field! We go over her interesting and eventful path into Information Security, reflections on her role today, and some really interesting war stories! Read Full Show Notes →

Virtual Kyle Kennedy - Stories, not resumes: Breaking educational and other barriers in cybersecurity

Today's episode is a reading of an amazing written by Kyle Kennedy, president of The reading is performed by Allison, an IBM Watson personality. I also go through some recent resources discovered to help you on your journey to a Career in Infosec. Read Full Show Notes →

Elvis Chan - From Making Computer Chips to FBI Supervisory Special Agent!

Elvis Chan is a Supervisory Special Agent Elvis Chan, who works cyber security matters for the FBI San Francisco Division. We discuss how we got into the FBI, Life in the FBI CyberSecurity Division, and how to get involved. Read Full Show Notes →

Clay Wells - From SysAdmin to Security Architect to Con Organizer!

Clay Wells ... Security Architect, Musician, Defcon Blue Team Village Co-Organizer, and organizer of the first annual WOPR Summit. Clay shares some really insightful tips on making it Information Security, as well as a really interesting war story from recently. WOPR Summit is March 1st, 2019 in Atlantic City! Read Full Show Notes →

BONUS: Robin Stuart - Road to Becoming a Cyber Crime Author

Robin Stuart is a debut author in cyber crime fiction with a short story called "SegFault" in the Sisters in Crime NorCal anthology [Fault Lines][4] , which is due out in early 2019!!! Read Full Show Notes →

Robin Stuart - From Paralegal to Malware Researcher (and Cyber Crime Author!)

Robin Stuart started off as a paralegal until she was challenged one day to get her boss's password. (Hint: Do not challenge Robin). Fast forward she switched careers to Technology but always kept a lookout for a career in security. Oh... she's also a cyber-crime author! Read Full Show Notes →

Rob Carson - From USMC Infantry Officer to Information Security Officer

Rob is a former Marine Corps Infantry Officer who transitioned himself to an outstanding Information Security Officer in the private sector. He talks about the transition and all the nuances we in the private sector take for granted. Read Full Show Notes →

Matt Toth - From Slinky Network Support Engineer to Security Sales Engineer

Matt Toth is a Senior Security Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology industry, with a focus on Cyber Security. Working with the US Department of Defense, he has led teams in CyberWar simulations, and has advised senior leadership on new attack vectors and threat actors. With a passion for security, Matt is deeply engaged with the community to educate and prepare the next generation of Cyber Professional. On top of that, he’s a good friend of mine in the industry with solid advice for those looking for a career in Information Security. In our chat, Matt breaks down a Sales Engineer’s role, explains his love of conference badges, and gets philosophical on issues related to those trying to make it in the field. Read Full Show Notes →

Christina Hanson - From HOA Manager to Headfirst Into InfoSec!

Christina Hanson is a security analyst working for Truvantis Cyber Security Consulting and one of my former boot camp students! She has extensive technical experience and a deep understanding of the collaborative nature of Information Security, not to mention how women and other underrepresented groups in the community have a more difficult time navigating this industry due to institutional barriers. In our discussion, Christina touches on the wide variety of resources and events that helped her enter information security, why teamwork is just as important as technical work, and why InfoSec's responsibilities will continue to grow in the near future. Read Full Show Notes →

0day - From "Geek Squad" tech to DevSecOps

0day (“Zero Day”) is a security researcher who specializes in distributed systems security. In his career journey through Circuit City's Firedog service, trading floors and corporate information security, he’s amassed significant experience in the industry and is an example of how security consciousness is important even before you're an official security "pro". In our conversation, 0day discusses getting into computers as an inner city kid, acknowledging how our hangups can affect the growth of InfoSec, the benefits of older technology, and much more. Read Full Show Notes →

Dan Borges - From Infosec ITAdmin to Red Teamer to CTF Organizer

In this first episode, I chat with Dan Borges, a professional red teamer, blogger, and security tool developer. Dan discusses his early experiences using and exploiting computer systems, how InfoSec experts work with companies, and a new tools he and other created and released this year! Read Full Show Notes →


A trailer for the upcoming podcast Getting Into Information Security Read Full Show Notes →

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