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Marcus J. Carey, Jennifer Jin

Cybersecurity Advice from the Best Hackers in the World

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    There are lots of paths to becoming a cybersecurity pro

    Let’s kick things off with some insights from Lesley Carhart, an information security whizz who's been in the IT industry for nearly two decade. She currently serves as a principal threat hunter at Dragos, Inc., and has a lot to share about cybersecurity.

    Now, if there's one misconception she wishes to debunk, it's that security professionals should not only focus on the nitty-gritty of their niche but also comprehend the businesses they serve. You see, these organizations often aren't security-focused themselves. So, the quicker security pros grasp this, the sooner they can help senior leadership strike a pragmatic balance between operations and security.

    Another pearl of wisdom that Lesley imparts is that you don’t need a college degree or certification to be a cybersecurity hotshot. While a degree can help get your foot in the door or boost your chances of snagging a promotion, it's not the be-all and end-all. The journey to becoming a cybersecurity pro is flexible with many paths to success. However, Lesley gives a heads-up: don't just rely on degree programs to equip you with all the skills you'll need in this field. She encourages self-study and active involvement in the community as key components for success.

    When it comes to climbing that corporate ladder or starting your own cybersecurity company, she emphasizes networking. Get out there, interact, and get involved! Brushing up on your social skills might even give you an edge. Lesley's seen smart folks miss out on opportunities because of poor interview or résumé skills. And remember, the cybersecurity world values creative problem-solving and an insatiable curiosity about how things work.

    Finally, for anyone wondering how to keep their home network safe in this digital age, Lesley has some tips. Consider the necessity of your Internet of Things devices and try to separate them from your main computer network. For instance, keep your smart devices and tax-preparing computers on separate networks, and ensure they're protected by a firewall.

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    What is Tribe of Hackers about?

    Tribe of Hackers (2019) is a comprehensive guide for aspiring and seasoned cybersecurity professionals globally built around enlightening interviews with 70 security experts, including well-known figures such as Lesley Carhart, Ming Chow, Bruce Potter, Robert M. Lee, and Jayson E. Street. It provides valuable advice for everyone hoping to tool up in the rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape.

    Who should read Tribe of Hackers?

    • Aspiring professionals seeking insight into the cybersecurity industry
    • Tech enthusiasts interested in practical cybersecurity knowledge
    • Readers looking for expert advice and real-world experiences

    About the Author

    Marcus J. Carey, creator of the best-selling Tribe of Hackers cybersecurity book series, has over 20 years of experience in penetration testing, incident response, and digital forensics. He began his career in cryptography with the US Navy and holds a master's degree in Network Security. He was the founder and CEO of Threatcare, a cybersecurity and software services company. Known for his community contributions, he frequently speaks at security conferences.

    Jennifer Jin graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and was the Head of Communications at Threatcare. Her role spanned event planning, content marketing, and customer support. She serves on the Alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority's National Board.

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