I’ve got great news for you! My interview series continues.
Last week, I spoke with Nicola Whiting, cyber hygiene specialist and Titania Chief Strategy Officer.
This time, I had the privilege of speaking with defensive security expert Liz Bell. We talked about the 90s internet, blue teaming, sexism and transphobia in tech as well as what pen testing can teach you about defensive security.
Kim Crawley: Please tell me a bit about yourself and what you do.
Liz Bell: I work for a cybersecurity defense company that provides network monitoring and response tools for customers in the finance, government and energy sectors. I work on the internal monitoring team, which means I help keep our own networks safe. Before that, I worked in penetration testing punctuated with some time in academia doing research on applying machine learning techniques to attacking ciphers, and before that, I was a software engineer. I’ve been interested in security since I was little, though. Being lucky enough to have grown up with the web, I just caught the tail end of the BBS era, and so I got to see security start to become something people actually took seriously. Being curious, my general instinct was to find ways to circumvent limitations. Now I get to spot people trying to do those same things.
KC: It sounds like you’ve been online since the 90s. I’ve been online since 1994. Is there anything about the 90s internet that you miss these days?
LB: There are a few things that I’m kind of nostalgic about like MSN chat rooms, hearing my phone sing the internet song to the gateway, downloading Win32 viruses from Napster and Limewire, earning badges and posting angsty poetry on Bolt.com, but I think the main thing I (Read more...)
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from The State of Security authored by Kim Crawley. Read the original post at: https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/featured/women-nonbinary-liz-bell/