Junior InfoSec Professionals: From Surviving to Thriving
Lesley Carhart, known to her 123,000 Twitter followers as @Hacks4Pancakes, is many things: a subject matter expert in cybersecurity incident response and digital forensics; a Principal Threat Analyst for the industrial cybersecurity company Dragos; a youth martial arts instructor; a Cyber Systems NCO in the US Air Force Reserves.
She’s also a down-to-earth role model for many cybersecurity professionals, running resume and interview clinics at events and giving talks like this one, from Kringle Con 2019, about using social media for good:
Recently, Lesley tweeted about a conversation she’d had with someone relatively new to infosec who was suffering panic attacks in his new role when he makes small and very normal errors in his security role. With a little digging into his work history, Lesley uncovered an abysmal and abusive management situation which, if he'd had any guidance, he should have reported to HR. In his current role, he had no idea that he should be asking for performance reviews on paper and sincere career goal guidance. He doesn't have an idea if he is doing well or not, and what his managers' expectations are.
Lesley got to wondering, how many new people in cybersecurity are being gaslit and taken advantage of like he was? When she tweeted, “I think my next conference talk should be about this,” we jumped at the chance to host it as a SANS webcast!
The webcast is set for Thursday, December 10th at 6 pm EST. Registration is free and is open now. The webcast will be recorded and can be accessed on demand if you can’t catch it live.
We’re still pulling together panelists to join Lesley, but we’ve confirmed David J. Bianco @DavidJBianco, who spends a huge amount of time coaching and mentoring junior employees, and recently gave an outstanding talk about making the industry better for everyone:
The December 10th webcast will illuminate the business skills technical people often aren’t taught, but which are critical to career success. We’ll look at some “red flags” in corporate life; what you can expect from your manager and what you need to contribute to the relationship; and how to know when a bad situation can be improved or whether it’s time to move on.
Register now; the webcast is free to attend but the advice is priceless.