"If you know both yourself and your enemy, you can win a hundred battles without jeopardy."
-- Sun Tzu, The Art of War
Hi there! The past few weeks, as the Thwack Ambassador, I have enjoyed sharing the information security topics that interest me and getting great interactions with you. I have learned a lot from your comments and stories, sometimes fun, too. Who said that Geeks had no sense of humor? I highly recommend you to read kevincrouch4's daydream of syldra in my second June Ambassador blog post, There is No New Thing Under the Sun. What about BYOD?
In this last June Ambassador blog post, I would like to focus on the indispensable part of an information security system: You and Me. I'm going to share a few things that can keep us moving forward in this rapidly changing field and that can make us better contribute to the organization we work for.
Learn To Be A Hacker
Sun Tzu in the Art of War stated that to know your enemy, you must become your enemy. My employer is supportive in my infosec trainings. I was sent to take incident handling and pentesting classes and I learned a great deal of hacking stuff. I also learned about those hacker communities. You don't have to be a hacker, but you need to know how to protect from hackers. OK, you can call yourself white-hat hacker.
Read A Lot
In my early stage of my infosec career, I was captured by Richard Bejtlich's writings on his TaoSecurity blog. All four Bejtlich's books are in my library. There is much information that we need to learn and absorb available in books, web sites, blogs, and forums, etc. Oh, please tell me you read Kevin Mitnick's Ghost in the Wires.
I receive email feeds from US-CERT and SANS. My InfoSec Officer gets email alerts from MS-ISAC (Multi-State Information Sharing & Analysis Center). The security vendor specified information is useful, too. For example, the Zero Day Initiative (ZDI), found by TippingPoint, now part of HP, is a great source of information on vulnerabilities and attacks. Now, if Microsoft releases patches out of its regular Tuesday cycle, it will be a really big deal.
I have to confess that the first time I heard MDM was in a vendor luncheon. I encourage you to attend conferences and vendor events. Black Hat is a good conference I think of. There is always something to learn, sometimes with nice meal(s). Also in those conferences and events you will have opportunities to network your fellows.
Understand Networking And Other IT Disciplines
I am not talking about Social Networking. I am talking about Networking. Nothing can lie what's on the wire, but you need to understand how stuff on the wire works, like Ethernet, TCP/IP, and higher layer protocols. An understanding of Windows login details will help you figure out the last break-in. And you may have already known that Python is a popular programming language among hackers.
Be Willing To Share
I am pretty active on Twitter and I keep Twitter for professional stuff; all personal/family/leisure stuff stays on Facebook. I got a lot of work-related information from my fellow Tweeps and they got from me. It's a win-win for us. You can't fight this infosec battle alone; you need support from your colleagues and other people. Even if you have the honor to work by yourself for infosec in your organization, share what you learned and what you know to others on different platforms, like this Thwack Community. We build up each other.
Are you with me in this journey? What's your opinion? I am looking forward to hearing from you.