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Thursday, March 28 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Unexpected Success: Tips for navigating through security career, certs, and work-life balance

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We share an interest in making the most of our time in the workforce: contributing to the field, supporting ourselves and families, learning new things, and staying motivated. I’ve been in information technology since 1995 and in information security since 2006. I’ve learned a few things that may be helpful. This talk will cover:
1. Learning at a discount – How to get trained without paying high dollar prices
• Know your learning style.
• Reading is cool and works better than boot camps (for some of us).
• Choose training videos and webinars thoughtfully.
2. Acing, failing, and just barely passing – Tips for getting through certification exams
• You will pass if you prepare correctly.
• You may ace it if you understand how exam questions are written.
• How I scored in the top 5% on the ISACA CISM exam, after barely passing the ISACA CISA exam – what made the difference.
3. Being different is great
• There’s a place in infosec for art majors, moms, gamers, non-gamers, and all abilities.
• Don’t feel like you have to fit a stereotype of “hacker.”
• Being there for your kids is a priority – and that’s OK.
4. Working with authority figures – I got over myself and you can too
• Listening is more important than speaking.
• That non-technical manager knows something you don’t.
• R-E-S-P-E-C-T
5. Find your motivation
• What are your hobbies and habits?
• Know your strengths and what motivates you.
• Lean into those areas and use them to propel your career.

Speakers
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Miriam Levenstein

Senior Consultant, NTT Security
Miriam Levenstein, CISSP, CISM, PCI-QSA, CISA, CIPP/E, CCSK - Principal security consultant at NTT Security. 10+ years of cybersecurity experience. Manage and deliver information security, privacy and compliance assessments and advisory consulting services to clients that include... Read More →



Thursday March 28, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
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