Year One – Lessons Learned

<disclaimer> The story I’m sharing is but one of many.  None of us got here the same way.  Some of us had common stumbling blocks and successes.  All of us had to put in work.  This likely applies to many disciplines.</disclaimer>

As of the time this article was posted I have worked in Information Security professionally for a little over a year.  It has been quite the fun and challenging ride with its fair share of ups and downs, but much like those ups and downs in weightlifting a little bit of pain resulted in some degree of gains.

In other posts I talked about I talked about how I got started, interests, and what led me towards pursuing a career in Information Security.  The odds are if you are the audience I am trying to reach, you are currently where I was within the last three to five years, or you are on your own “year one”.  The difference between this and many other “getting your foot in the door” stories is what happens afterward and some of my experiences.

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I tend to go to a lot of conferences, especially over the last five years as I have taken a more active pursuit toward a full time information security career rather than merely participating in the community.  There are hundreds (yes hundreds) of conferences yearly, located all over the world.  Below are some of the larger conferences I have attended in the past.  Keep in mind your miles may vary depending on what you can afford, how far you are willing to travel, and the crowd you are used to. I will describe a couple simple things from my perspective.

  • The conference (along with a quick overview)
  • The location, and when it occurs (approximately)
  • The cost for admission

**Updated note** If a conference has early registration, REGISTER EARLY.  Be attentive to when or if the registration opens at certain times.  In some cases, the registration prices increase closer to the conference date.  In other cases where the attendance is capped and the conference is popular, it will sell out fast.

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