The Digital World is Flat
Long gone are the days where you get a job with a stable company, spend 30 years working for advancement and retire comfortably with your Superannuation, and share portfolio. Today we live in a world of high diverse worldwide demand for cyber security skills. It is less likely that you will stay in one place unless that employee gives you a great deal of flexibility to work the gig economy as you pursue economic and learning opportunities.
As someone who is Australian born, and educated, I have applied my cultural heritage, leveraging that uniquely Australian pragmatism and pioneering spirit to my career advantage. I have consulted as a cyber security professional and taught for the SANS institute in over a dozen countries. I have worked as a significant contributor to Black Hills Information Security from joining a group of four people in 2013 to what is now a family of companies with over 100 employees, and more than $10 million in annual revenue.
Please join me as I talk about my journey in information security, highlighting the key skills and qualities for a successful 21st century career. Along the way, I will point out key decision points and strategies I leveraged to push my career forward to the next level. I will offer guidance based on my experience and adult life journey first reaching a level of operational excellence in enterprise systems architecture, and then pivoting into information security bringing my wealth of background knowledge of medium, and large operational environments to my information security career. I will speak to the challenge of cultural adaptation, assimilation, and the value of being a world traveler grounded by my Australian roots. This will be a hybrid Australian-American journey of my growth, enlightenment, and my adaptation over time as my career progressed and changed.
Joff Thyer has been a Penetration Tester and Security Analyst with Black Hills Information Security (BHIS) since 2013. He has an associate in Computer Science, a B.S. in Mathematics, and an M.S. in Computer Science, as well as several certifications (listed below). The best part of a penetration test for Joff is developing sophisticated malware that tackles defensive solutions, ultimately delivering exciting wins for company engagements. He has extensive experience covering intrusion prevention/detection systems, infrastructure defense, vulnerability analysis, defense bypass, source code analysis, and exploit research. When Joff isn’t working or co-hosting the Security Weekly podcast, he enjoys making music and woodworking.
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