One of the things I’ve always loved about Security B-Sides is that it offers a nurturing environment for people who are young in their InfoSec careers. An example of that is playing out this week in Las Vegas. Among the tracks of talks being offered is one devoted entirely to newbies and the more seasoned veterans who have been guiding them along in a successful mentoring program.
The track — called “Proving Ground” — includes talks on everything from learning to do effective public speaking and writing to getting a grip on the challenges of such things as executive management.
This B-Sides tradition goes back to the beginning of the movement. I remember BSides Boston 2010, when a young pup named Joseph Sokoly gave a talk about breaking into the industry and learning to succeed, something he has since done with distinction.
Back then, Sokoly said breaking into the security community wasn’t as hard as it first seemed. In fact, his career got a big boost simply because he had the guts to stand up in front of people and give his first talk at an event in Austin. “Giving the talk in Austin helped me tremendously,” Sokoly said at the time. “It has opened doors. My being here (at BSides Boston 2010) is a result of that. First, the positive reaction from the community encouraged me not just to listen but to speak again.”
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