Getting Into Infosec

By Ayman Elsawah (@coffeewithayman)

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Entertaining stories of how others got into Information Security (aka cybsersecurity), their experiences, lessons learned, and advice about getting in. <a " href="" target="_blank"><b>JOIN MY NEWSLETTER FOR ADVICE, TIPS, AND UPDATES!!</b></a > Listen for an "Easter Egg" in each show! <h3>If you're looking to break into infosec, I wrote a little guide! Check it out:</h3> <i>“I purchased the kindle book last night and just finished it. It was a great “mini-mentoring” session, and I felt encouraged to persevere. I plan to listen to the podcasts regularly. As a woman getting into InfoSec, I feel as though I have been alone my entire life, learning and self-teaching with no real guidance or mentorship.”</i> <a href="" target="_blank"><img src=""></img></a> If you benefited from an episode, please take a moment to thank our guests for taking the time and sharing their story.

Episode Date
Keya Horiuchi - From Teacher, Filmmaker, and Website Design to Security Engineer!
Keya was a public school teacher who stood out of crowd. She loves problem solving and challenging environments. Keya was also a filmmaker and web designer. She's currently a detection security engineer who get knee deep in malware on a daily basis.
Jun 15, 2019
BONUS - Audiobook Sample!
Preview the retail audio sample of my book: Breaking IN - A Practical Guide to Starting a Career In Information Security
Jun 04, 2019
Hossam Mohamed - Young Hacker to "Not A Security Researcher"
A 19 year old "not a security researcher". Facing limitations because of his age and not having the right "prerequisites" Hossam has had to make his own path. He also dreams in code and is one of the youngest OSCE's in the world!
May 26, 2019
BONUS - Consuming VS Producing
My thoughts on consuming vs production and how it relates to Getting Into Infosec.
May 21, 2019
Izzy - Random and Unplanned: From Annuities to ISO!
Ismaelle Vixsama (aka Izzy) has a knack for finding strategic flaws and speaking up about them. Doing so helped her get her first full-time job as well as have repercussions for defensive egos. Her whole career is a war story.
May 12, 2019
David Scrobonia - Lifelong builder, Appsec Engineer, Creator of ZAP Heads Up Display
From Zero to One, David is a lifelong builder. Wherever he goes he just builds things. From an electric car to adhoc android apps to ZAP HUD, an awesome heads up display for ZAP Proxy, a game changer imho.
May 03, 2019
BONUS - Cliff's Notes To The First 20 Episodes!
Having completed 20 episodes (~15 hours of interviews), I decided to take a moment to go over each episode briefly.
Apr 27, 2019
BONUS - MCOHMI New Song, Trap Music, and Domain Song Background
MC OHM-I (Leron Gray) talks about his next project about tabs in the browser, trap music, and some background on his awesome song Domain.
Apr 17, 2019
Leron Gray - From Navy E6 to Pentester, SANS Mentor and Nerdcore Rapper!
Leron Gray is a man of many talents. Not getting really into computers until much later in life, but always having a creative side, he now finds himself as a pentester working from home and nerdcore rapper producing amazing beats!
Apr 12, 2019
Jared Folkins - 18 YRO Manager To Education Security To Human Hero
Jared Folkins understands people, technology, and the world around him. He can smell a toxic environment from a mile away and has used that EIQ spider sense for good.
Apr 03, 2019
Masha Sedova - From Generations of CS to Behavioral Science and Entrepreneurship
Masha Sedova comes from a history of computer scientists! She loves challenges and is currently tackling the human side of security through data, psychology, and behavioral science.
Mar 22, 2019
BONUS - InfosecJon Learns Trust But Verify The HARD way
InfosecJon expands on some CRAZY follies he experienced during his times in the Navy. Many times he comes close to a fatal or catastrophic experience. He learns through trial by fire, literally, to trust but verify!
Mar 20, 2019
InfosecJon - From Rudderless Youth to Navy Engineer to Security Professional
InfosecJon runs a website cataloging his learning and dedicated to helping others get in the field. He shares his personal story from a directionless youth to enlisting in the Navy (and it's follies) and his tribulations getting into the field.
Mar 16, 2019
InfosecSherpa - From Travel Agent to Law Librarian to Security Analyst!
Little does the Information Security community know, but among us are experts at OSINT. They lurk behind friendly faces, waiting to be asked questions. They are librarians!
Mar 01, 2019
Adrian Kaylor - From Network Admin to Trainer to Sales Engineer for Life
Adrian is the nerd brought in to talk to other nerds. He did not have a direct path to Security, but every role he had in his career helped him in his next role and in security. He shares some hilarious stories as well as
Feb 22, 2019
Nipun Gupta - From Security Consultant to Security Innovator
Nipun graduated during the recession, but found a job as a consultant which helped him gain experience quickly. He was in fact discouraged to pursue a career in information security due to his immigrant status. Nipun is now a Cyber Security Executive focused on innovation.
Feb 09, 2019
BONUS - My Book is OUT: Breaking IN: A Step-by-Step Guide to Starting a Career in Information Security
Hi Everyone! I'm really excited to announce my book! You can find it on Amazon (link below) or at
Jan 25, 2019
Marcus Carey - Childhood Builder/Breaker to Navy Cryptologist to Founder and Mentor
Marcus Carey has been hacking since we was five. A true MacGuyver he had to make due with little resources available to him. He later enrolled for the Navy, worked for 3 letter agencies including the NSA, and now has his own security startup. Marcus shares a TON with us in this episode.
Jan 11, 2019
Jack Rhysider - From Odd-jobs to Network Analyst to SOC Architect to... Darknet Diaries!
Jack Rhysider's origin story. With an engineering background Jack found himself doing odd jobs at first. Looking to get back into tech he "certed" up and got a job in the NOC (Network Operation Center) and eventually became a SOC architect building a SOC from scratch. Looking to do something different, he started Dark Net Diaries and it's been an adventure since!
Jan 01, 2019
Yaron Levi - Entrepreneur to Security Architect to CISO and Security Champion
Yaron Levi is the CISO for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City. We talk about what he looks for in people when hiring in Infosec and a time when he took a chance on someone (against the opinion of his peers) and his chance was a big success. We also discuss a breach he had to deal with only 3 months into his job!
Dec 25, 2018
InfoSteph - From Journalism to IT Support to Security Analyst
Steph is brand new to the infosec field! We go over her interesting and eventful path into Information Security, reflections on her role today, and some really interesting war stories!
Dec 18, 2018
Virtual Kyle Kennedy - Stories, not resumes: Breaking educational and other barriers in cybersecurity
Today's episode is a reading of an amazing written by Kyle Kennedy, president of The reading is performed by Allison, an IBM Watson personality. I also go through some recent resources discovered to help you on your journey to a Career in Infosec.
Dec 11, 2018
Elvis Chan - From Making Computer Chips to FBI Supervisory Special Agent!
Elvis Chan is a Supervisory Special Agent Elvis Chan, who works cyber security matters for the FBI San Francisco Division. We discuss how we got into the FBI, Life in the FBI CyberSecurity Division, and how to get involved.
Dec 04, 2018
Clay Wells - From SysAdmin to Security Architect to Con Organizer!
Clay Wells ... Security Architect, Musician, Defcon Blue Team Village Co-Organizer, and organizer of the first annual WOPR Summit. Clay shares some really insightful tips on making it Information Security, as well as a really interesting war story from recently. WOPR Summit is March 1st, 2019 in Atlantic City!
Nov 27, 2018
BONUS: Robin Stuart - Road to Becoming a Cyber Crime Author
Robin Stuart is a debut author in cyber crime fiction with a short story called "SegFault" in the Sisters in Crime NorCal anthology [Fault Lines][4] , which is due out in early 2019!!!
Nov 18, 2018
Robin Stuart - From Paralegal to Malware Researcher (and Cyber Crime Author!)
Robin Stuart started off as a paralegal until she was challenged one day to get her boss's password. (Hint: Do not challenge Robin). Fast forward she switched careers to Technology but always kept a lookout for a career in security. Oh... she's also a cyber-crime author!
Nov 13, 2018
Rob Carson - From USMC Infantry Officer to Information Security Officer
Rob is a former Marine Corps Infantry Officer who transitioned himself to an outstanding Information Security Officer in the private sector. He talks about the transition and all the nuances we in the private sector take for granted.
Nov 06, 2018
Matt Toth - From Slinky Network Support Engineer to Security Sales Engineer
Matt Toth is a Senior Security Engineer with over 20 years of experience in the Information Technology industry, with a focus on Cyber Security. Working with the US Department of Defense, he has led teams in CyberWar simulations, and has advised senior leadership on new attack vectors and threat actors. With a passion for security, Matt is deeply engaged with the community to educate and prepare the next generation of Cyber Professional. On top of that, he’s a good friend of mine in the industry with solid advice for those looking for a career in Information Security. In our chat, Matt breaks down a Sales Engineer’s role, explains his love of conference badges, and gets philosophical on issues related to those trying to make it in the field.
Oct 30, 2018
Christina Hanson - From HOA Manager to Headfirst Into InfoSec!
Christina Hanson is a security analyst working for Truvantis Cyber Security Consulting and one of my former boot camp students! She has extensive technical experience and a deep understanding of the collaborative nature of Information Security, not to mention how women and other underrepresented groups in the community have a more difficult time navigating this industry due to institutional barriers. In our discussion, Christina touches on the wide variety of resources and events that helped her enter information security, why teamwork is just as important as technical work, and why InfoSec's responsibilities will continue to grow in the near future.
Oct 22, 2018
0day - From "Geek Squad" tech to DevSecOps
0day (“Zero Day”) is a security researcher who specializes in distributed systems security. In his career journey through Circuit City's Firedog service, trading floors and corporate information security, he’s amassed significant experience in the industry and is an example of how security consciousness is important even before you're an official security "pro". In our conversation, 0day discusses getting into computers as an inner city kid, acknowledging how our hangups can affect the growth of InfoSec, the benefits of older technology, and much more.
Oct 15, 2018
Dan Borges - From Infosec ITAdmin to Red Teamer to CTF Organizer
In this first episode, I chat with Dan Borges, a professional red teamer, blogger, and security tool developer. Dan discusses his early experiences using and exploiting computer systems, how InfoSec experts work with companies, and a new tools he and other created and released this year!
Oct 08, 2018
A trailer for the upcoming podcast Getting Into Information Security
Sep 05, 2018