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Friday, August 21 • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
Into the unknown: From a stay-at-home parent to an InfoSec career

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The problem: stepping into an industry that is constantly growing, changing, and impossibly complex. How do you know where to start? How can you even dare to catch up or at least come close? Everyday, the cybersecurity industry grows. These are not shallow topics to be understood in a weekend seminar. Even one area is enough to spend a lifetime of research on. So, from the outside, what hope do you have to join this industry, especially if you didn't choose this path initially?
A real life story about stepping into the unknown. From a stay-at-home parent to an InfoSec career. Without a college degree, after 10 years of being a stay at home mom, and now a single mother, I want to share with the audience how I stepped into the cybersecurity field. How I went from knowing almost nothing about IT security (spoiler, I had the same 6 character password everywhere!) to being a social engineer and participating on security research projects at an international IT security company.
This talk can encourage the audience to push themselves towards their life goals, regardless of how they start. I will share tips and tricks that helped me transition into a fulfilling career that I love, in a more unconventional method.

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Michel Quiroz

insighti, Speaker
Michel currently works for insighti, an IT security company, as the head of business development during the week and dresses-up as kid's characters for parties and events on the weekend, you know, like Elsa or Wonder Woman. You could say that she does social engineering for a living... Read More →

Friday August 21, 2020 2:00pm - 2:30pm PDT
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