Frequently Asked Questions

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By Taylor Banks

updated over 2 years ago

What will I learn from the sessions?

While we can't cover everything you'll learn in every session, here are just a few tidbits of amazing value that some of our speaker have dropped in their sessions:

  • Erik Ronstrom talks about his path and the exact steps he took to go from "knew nothing about computers" to "conducting pentests for high profile federal agencies" in less than 6 years.
  • Adam Anderson shares strategies for maximizing the money you make in your career by better understanding the career development path and knowing how to leverage your technical and non-technical skils most effectively.
  • Justin Vaicaro share tips on how to transition from military life to civilian life, but in doing so, also shared some amazing insigts about mentorship and career trajectories that are useful for anyone in cybersecurity.
  • Andy Gill gives additional tactical advice on the things to study, the courses to take, and skills you'll want to learn to have a career as a pentester or bug bounty hunter
  • Brennan Dunn shared strategies for being successful as a consultant or freelancer, and even discussed a strategic service offering that can help any consultant break down barriers and get in-the-door when traditional security offerings get rejected.
  • Tracy Z. Maleeff shared insights for those getting started, those already working in the field, and even those in managerial and executive roles, discussing not only how to leverage your non-technical skills, but also how to use empathy as a virtual superpower for getting things done (hot tip: you can use this for social engineering, too).
  • Lesley Carhart talked extensively about security in industrial control environments and provided guidance on exactly how to break into this unique facet of the information security field that offers huge opportunity and often has a crticial impact.
  • Keith Watson talked not just about how to get involved in, but also how to start and run a successful security meetup.
  • Amanda Berlin talked about taking care of yourself, avoiding burnout, and managing you own mental health in the high stress environments that cybersecurity jobs often create.
  • Taylor Banks presented a rapid-fire strategic and tactical overview of some little-know "gray hat" techniques that can put you at the top of the list, whether you're looking for an entry-level role or a manager or executive wanting to be recognized as an industry thought leader.

And really, that just scratches the surface, because our speakers covered SO MUCH MORE than this that we didn't even address in the bullet points above!

Can I get this content at other events?

For those who miss out on this event, unfortuntely not.

The content at the Cybersecurity Career Summit is different for a reason: we're addressing the soft skills that most other events don't (or can't) focus on. Further, some of our speakers don't (or rarely) speak at other events, so you're getting a unique opportunity not only to catch them here, but to hear them sharing some of their most successful strategies and tested tactics on how to be successful in the field of cybersecurity.

How long does it take to see results?

While that's a hard question to answer, and there are no hard and fast answers, the reality is that, in some cases, you can put these strategies to use immediately. 

As in, as soon as the session is done, you can apply the strategies to your own career development process,or put the tactics you've learned to use in your very next email, interview, or in-person meeting.

There are so many security events—what makes this different?

The focus (soft skills), the speakers (luminaries and unique guests)  and the content (focused on strategies for success, not technical tools or techniques). Also, the format (100% streaming online with chat and discussion forums), and the availability (anyone, anywhere in the world can attend). 

In other words, this event is different from other security events, because we wanted to do something different that addressed not just the cyber skills gap, but also the "cyber conference gap."

What if I don’t have much time to spend on it right now?

That's the beauty of the Lifetime Access Passes! (60% discount ENDS Friday October 25!)

You can watch and learn as much as you need right now, catch other sessions later, and even go back and review the ones that have the most impact on you so that you can best absorb and integrate the wisdom inherent in the strategies shared!

Which charities are you donating to?

Because we wanted this event to have an impact in more ways than one, 100% of the profits from Lifetime Access Passes will be donated to Women in Security and Privacy, Mental Health Hackers, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Each of these organizations is doing amazing, important work that benefits the community, and we encourage you to check them out and, where possible, find other ways to help contribute to their respective missions!

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