Ayub Yusuf is a Penetration Tester at Black Hills Information Security. He holds several industry certifications including the OSCP and 6 GIAC certifications. Ayub is an active member of the infosec community where he is a Teaching Assistant at the SANS Institute, a volunteer at Antisyphon Training, and a competitor in capture the flag competitions.
Despite the information security field having a reported personnel shortage in the hundreds of thousands, breaking into the industry is as hard as ever. In this presentation, I will share the lessons I have learned the hard way including avoiding common pitfalls, up-skilling the right way, and finding communities that will help you prosper. Additionally, this talk will arm you with a mental model to recognize and take advantage of the opportunities available to you.