From Dev to InfoSec Part 1 – The Journey Begins

EH-Net - Bango - From Dev to InfoSec Part 1 – The Journey Begins - Hobbit DoorHacking is awesome! I can understand the appeal of those that are doing it for a living. The hunt for bugs and the fight to secure systems from bad guys sounds like an incredible challenge of both intellect and skill. It’s probably why I’ve been drawn into the world of cybersecurity. It’s an exciting field to be in for a professional or a hobbyist and one that I’m keen to explore more.

This is the first of many articles that will document my journey from my roots as a coder and a career as a developer advocate at Microsoft to the very personal exploration into the world of information security. The intention is to not only make sense of the overwhelming scope of the field and its varying disciplines but also offer brutally honest assessments of myself and the industry that I so much want to be a part of. Here goes everything!

The Spark

When I started programming professionally (think MS-DOS), there was no World Wide Web to speak of. Things were fairly siloed, and computer networks were mainly found in large corporate environments. At least for me, worrying about an external threat actor wasn’t really a concern, because there wasn’t a lot to download and my machine wasn’t open to the world. My how things have changed. Billions of devices are now interconnected leveraging the Internet as a data transport mechanism with many of those same devices having some pretty shoddy security.

This connectivity is a blessing and a curse offering this amazing plethora of information from all aspects of life, culture and interests, while at the same time opening an avenue for the mischievous to the criminal to cause problems. As we’ve seen, this could be as trivial as hijacking a Twitter account to embarrass someone to (Read more...)

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