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Infosec Rock Star: How to be a More Effective Security Professional

  • Friday, July 17th, 2015 at 11:00 AM EDT (15:00:00 UTC)
  • Ted Demopoulos
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Overview

Why are some of us much more effective than others? A very few of us are so effective, and well known, that we might even be called the rock stars of our industry. Now we personally may never be swamped by groupies, but we can learn the skills to be more effective, well respected, and well paid.

Obviously it's not just about technology; in fact most of us are very good at the technology part. And although the myth of the geek with zero social skills is just that, a myth, the fact is that increasing our skills more on social and business sides will make most of us more effective at what we do than learning how to read hex better while standing on our heads, becoming 'One with Metasploit' or understanding the latest hot technologies.

Topics, with input from real Rock Stars of Infosec, include

  • Positioning: why they don't like us or security and what we can do about it.
  • The Science of Influence: ruthless social engineering or effective professional skills?
  • Getting things done: Brutal Time Management and The Art of Saying No without upsetting too many people.
  • How to be a professional or at least appear to be one.
  • How to let people know you rock. You might be the best in the world, but if no one knows it you're not going to do much good.

Speaker Bio

Ted Demopoulos

Ted Demopoulos' first significant exposure to computers was in 1977 when he had unlimited access to his high school's PDP-11 and hacked at it incessantly. He consequently almost flunked out but learned he liked playing with computers a lot. His business pursuits began in college and have been continuous ever since. His background includes over 25 years of experience in information security and business, including 20+ years as an independent consultant. Ted helped start a successful information security company, was the CTO at a "textbook failure" of a software startup, and has advised several other businesses. Ted is a frequent speaker at conferences and other events, quoted often by the press. He also has written two books on Social Media, has an ongoing software concern in Austin, Texas in the virtualization space, and is the recipient of a Department of Defense Award of Excellence. In his spare time, he is also a food and wine geek, enjoys flyfishing, and playing with his children.

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