Two years ago, I set out to get into cybersecurity. I had no idea where this journey would take me, and I had no aspirations at the time of turning this into a career. I’ve found that very rarely do people who have been doing something as long as me decide to completely change their profession and eschew the comforts of years of experience. Fortis Fortuna Adiuvat! I knew last year that security was where I wanted to be, and I was coming to the realization that I may need to leave Microsoft in order to do it. It wasn’t a decision that I would take lightly having been with the company for 8 years. Then I got a surprise.
The Power of Networks
I wrote previously about the importance of building relationships. It’s pretty well-established that having a great network of people is one of the best ways of finding new opportunities. I can’t stress enough how having someone advocate for you is a sure-fire way of at least getting a foot in the door and setting yourself apart in a sea of applicants and resumes. One of the things I did early on was to try identifying security teams, leaders and opportunities within Microsoft, so I could best know how to position myself to help. Microsoft is an enormous company with lots of security teams that span everything from red teaming and threat analysis to malware detection and incident response. To this day I don’t know the full-breadth of everything security-related at the company. But if it’s security-related, I’m positive Microsoft touches it.
Being so active on social media, I tend to run into new people constantly through the “six degrees of separation” effect that social networks like Twitter present. Following and being followed by many Microsoft (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from The Ethical Hacker Network authored by Rey Bango. Read the original post at: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/eh-net/~3/_1L4HWLF_eY/