Getting Into Infosec

Christina Hanson - From HOA Manager to Headfirst Into InfoSec!

Episode Summary

Christina Hanson is a security analyst working for Truvantis Cyber Security Consulting and one of my former boot camp students! She has extensive technical experience and a deep understanding of the collaborative nature of Information Security, not to mention how women and other underrepresented groups in the community have a more difficult time navigating this industry due to institutional barriers. In our discussion, Christina touches on the wide variety of resources and events that helped her enter information security, why teamwork is just as important as technical work, and why InfoSec's responsibilities will continue to grow in the near future.

Episode Notes

Christina Hanson is a security analyst working for Truvantis Cyber Security Consulting and one of my former boot camp students. She has extensive technical experience and a deep understanding of the collaborative nature of InfoSec, not to mention how women and other underrepresented groups in the community have a more difficult time navigating this industry due to institutional barriers.

In our discussion, Christina touches on the wide variety of resources and events that helped her enter information security, why teamwork is just as important as technical work, and why InfoSec's responsibilities will continue to grow in the near future.

Episode Highlights:

Quotes:

"I found that just the general atmosphere of security and the overall focus of what you're trying to accomplish was really helpful."

"Anything you're gonna do in security, you're gonna do as a team."

"Being open to learning new things is really important with this particular field."

"Even if I don't understand everything they're talking about, it gives me at least a start and a basic understanding that I can then research later."

"Being a professional in this field, it's so important that we are able to make other people safe."

Links:

Christina's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christinahanson461/

Day of Shecurity: https://www.dayofshecurity.com/

SANS Women's Academy: https://www.sans.org/cyb

Merritt College: http://www.merritt.edu/

Dr. Johannes Ullrich: https://twitter.com/johullrich

SANS Daily Podcast: https://isc.sans.edu/podcast.html

The Cyberwire Podcasts: https://isc.sans.edu/podcast.html

OWASP: https://www.owasp.org

Amanda Rousseau (@malwareunicorn): https://twitter.com/malwareunicorn

Dead Drop SF: https://www.meetup.com/Dead-Drop-SF/