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Navigating Career Choices in InfoSec - Fernando Montenegro BSides Detroit 2017 (Hacking Illustrated Series InfoSec Tutorial Videos)

Navigating Career Choices in InfoSec
Fernando Montenegro

Making career choices can be intimidating and stressful. Perhaps this presentation can help. The tidal forces affecting technology impact our careers as well. If we're not actively managing them, we're leaving decisions to chance (or to others), and may not like the outcomes. This presentation describes a framework I've used over the past few years to evaluate both ongoing job satisfaction as well as new opportunities as they appear. I'm happy with the outcomes I've obtained with it, and have used this same framework when providing advice to others, and it has been well received. Hopefully it can help others as well.
The structure of the presentation is as follows:
- Initial discussion on identifying how one generates value.
- Overview of different environments (organizations) for InfoSec work.
- Criteria for evaluating current and proposed roles
- General recommendations based on experience
- Wrap up with recommendations for further readings

Fernando Montenegro is a security professional with a strong background in network and cloud security. He is currently an independent consultant working on multi-cloud security. His experience includes pre- and post-sales technical roles with vendors in areas such as microsegmentation, fraud detection, high performance network architecture, and enterprise computing. His work across enterprise customers in Canada, Latin America, and the US has provided insights into the underlying economic dynamics of common security scenarios. His areas of interest include security economics - particularly behaviour economics - data science, and cybercrime. He holds a bachelor's degree in Computer Science and industry certifications.

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