Presentation: From Developer to Security: How I Broke into Infosec

Track: Trust, Safety, & Security

Location: Empire Complex, 7th fl.

Duration: 10:35am - 11:25am

Day of week: Tuesday

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I've spent roughly 18 years building sites and apps for the web and while I always did my best to apply the basics of security, I never truly understood the many ways systems could be hacked. That changed when Wannacry hit and I decided to refocus my career to help secure not only systems, but people. In this talk I'll discuss the impetus for my career change, the challenges I faced as a new person to the community, how I forged relationships that helped me pave a solid path in the right direction and how I eventually broke into this amazing & competitive field. I hope that sharing this will help newcomers better navigate the murky waters of this community.

Speaker: Rey Bango

Senior Security Advocate @Microsoft

Rey is a security advocate at Microsoft focused on helping the community build secure systems & being a voice for researchers within MS.

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