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InfosecJon – From Rudderless Youth to Navy Engineer to Security Professional

Last updated on May 19, 2019

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. He also shares some interesting Navy stories. Lookout for the bonus episode.

BIO:

Jon is a father, husband and a veteran. He went from aimless youth to enlisting into a career path he never liked. After 7 years as an electrical engineer, he got the chance to pursue his dream of working in information security. Now, he runs a website devoted to helping others.

Notes:

  • By almost getting crushed in a two story engine, Jon learned to be adaptable to the situation.
  • Got exposure to computers by working with dad at his computer store.
  • Was an engineer at heart who fell in love with the inner workings of things and how they work.
  • Became the go to person for technology in his department.
  • Always had a knack for helping others, even before the military.

Quotes:

  • “Biggest skill I got was to be able to figure things out quickly and troubleshooting.”
  • “You can’t troubleshoot something until you know how it works.”
  • “I just wanted to learn as much as I could.”
  • “I want to work with technology, I want to help people.”
  • “Going to a traditional school, being more mature, was a negative.”
  • “Everybody doesn’t know everything. That’s why most security teams are… teams!”
  • “I want to help people, I want to protect people.”
  • “The networking knowledge, the sysad knowledge, and then the drive to learn new stuff… is what they were attracted to.”
  • “Nobody wanted to do it. I volunteered and stepped up.”
  • “One thing that attracted me to the school 100% was they advertised hands-on labs.”:

Links:

Resources:

SEED Labs by Syracuse University : http://www.cis.syr.edu/~wedu/seed/index.html

David’s CTF Post: https://bsidessf.org/news/2019/03/running-the-bsides-sf-2019-ctf

Getting Into Infosec:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/coffeewithayman

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCg6gV_gdfc188HZdN8LUx4A

Book: https://www.amazon.com/Breaking-Step-Step-Starting-Information-ebook/dp/B07N15GTPC/

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