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

Last updated on May 6, 2020

Tracy Maleeff (@InfosecSherpa) was a professional law Librarian and at the top of her game. Looking for change and meaning, she searched until she found the field of Information Security. This is her journey.

BIO:

Tracy Z. Maleeff (/may-leaf/), @InfoSecSherpa, is an independent information professional providing research and social media consulting, with a focus on information security. She is a frequent presenter about best practices of data mining from social media, professional networking, and introduction to information security topics. Tracy has 15 years of experience as a librarian in academia, corporate, and law firm industries and earned a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the Principal of Sherpa Intelligence LLC – your guide up a mountain of information.

Notes

  • There is a condition called “Librarian Face”
  • Librarians, who Master’s Degree in Library Science, are taught to be approachable
  • Was never a public librarian, worked in “special” libraries. This made her really good at finding and accessing data.
  • Tracy shares some social engineering tricks she did earlier in her life.
  • Didn’t grow up with computers around her.
  • Advice: “Know yourself”

Quotes

  • “If you are out in public… people are likely to come ask you questions because you look like you know things.”

  • “I did fail, but I did not fail as badly as I thought I would!”

  • “I don’t regret the path that I took.”

  • “For someone like me who does come from a technical background… having the certifications is what people want to see.”

  • “They need to see some receipt!”

  • “Even if it turned out to be nothing, don’t be afraid to speak up.”
  • “I don’t think I realized it was social engineering, I just knew it was something that I wanted.”
  • “Managed to talk my way not only on the plane, but also into business first.”
  • “They had me at port scanning.”

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