My Life on the Infosec D-List - Andrew Hay


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People new to information security often find themselves wondering how to make a name for themselves in the industry. Andrew Hay has lived most of his career on the D-list but has worked hard to increase his status in the hopes of someday landing that coveted A-list position. Through this talk we'll discuss how to expand your circle of influence, how to build your personal brand, and how to move up from the dreaded Infosec D-List. (might need to change this a bit but you get the general idea).

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My Life on the Infosec D-List - Andrew Hay

  1. 1. Monday, March 8, 2010 BSides San Franc#co March 2, 2010
  2. 2. Who’s the Guy in the Dress? • Why that devastatingly handsome man is Andrew Hay! • Blogger • • Published author • • All around nice guy Monday, March 8, 2010
  3. 3. What is the D-List? Few celebrities in the information security industry Many of us are relegated to obscurity on day one of our security careers Some are happy while others work to claw their way out of obscurity Monday, March 8, 2010 Well, the idea came up at a conference (I can’t recall which one) that there were very few celebrities in the information security industry. As such, many of us are relegated to the D- List on day one of our security careers. Though some are happy to sleep in the “career basement”, others work to claw their way to the top and out of obscurity. That, boys and girls, is the story of how the D-List came to be.
  4. 4. Who’s Who In the Subjective Zoo? • Very few people consider themselves “A-List” 1% 5% • Many people think they’re 10% higher than “D-List” • Some don’t even think they’re worthy of “D-List” 84% status A-List B-List Note - 47% of all statistics are made up at least 75.2% of the time. C-List D-List (a.k.a. Everyone Else) Monday, March 8, 2010
  5. 5. Who’s A-List? Monday, March 8, 2010 Everyone in this room should be able to name someone they consider an “A-List” information security celebrity.
  6. 6. Who’s B- and C-List? Monday, March 8, 2010 The “B-List” and “C-List” is sometimes even more subjective. Many people think that they’re in this range. Sometimes it’s driven by ego, sometimes by accomplishments, but, in reality, you’re at this level when your peers and “the industry” agree you are.
  7. 7. Who’s D-List? Monday, March 8, 2010 What about the “D-List”? Who of you feel that you fall onto the “D-List”? Odds are, if you think you are then you probably are. But is this really a bad thing?
  8. 8. D I - L S T ! Strength in Numbers? Monday, March 8, 2010
  9. 9. Knowing where to start is hard... Monday, March 8, 2010 Knowing where to start is hard, there is no question about it.
  10. 10. In the Beginning... Monday, March 8, 2010 In the beginning, if you are like me, you don’t really know how to get started in information security.
  11. 11. Blogging & Writing Online Conferences, Communities Gatherings & Groups Social Networking Monday, March 8, 2010 Starting a blog is an easy way to to get you and your message out there. Writing articles, books, and papers are another way.
  12. 12. Proud D-Lister’s Monday, March 8, 2010
  13. 13. Questions? Andrew Hay Email: Blog: Phone: (403) 360-6367 Monday, March 8, 2010