As I had mentioned previously, this year, I’m going back to school. Not to take classes but to teach a course at my alma mater, Fanshawe College. I did this about a decade ago and thought it was interesting, so I was excited to give it another go. Additionally, after a friend mentioned that their kid wanted to learn Python, I developed an Intro to Python class aimed at high school students that I’m teaching weekly. I thought that this would be good fodder for the State of Security. So, whenever I have something interesting to discuss, expect to find it here.

One of the more interesting things about teaching the two classes, working in the industry and writing movie reviews as a hobby is that I speak to so many unique individuals. This week, I taught Python Monday and Malware Analysis on Thursday. I also spoke to the writers of a film, consulted with business owners and spoke with a student on Tuesday. Finally, on Wednesday, I caught up with family members. On top of that, my days during the week were filled with speaking to coworkers, industry colleagues and customers.

FinConDX 2021

After my Thursday class, I ended up exchanging emails with a student and discussing the importance of confidence in the interview process and also in the industry. I had a realization that it doesn’t matter who you are or how old you are, confidence is an interesting topic, and I thought it would be a great subject for a deeper dive this week.


It would be unfair to dive into a discussion on confidence without first discussing my own confidence. Typically, I like to think I’m a relatively confident person. I’m sure that colleagues and friends would call me egotistical and a loudmouth, but those are, (Read more...)