Cyber Security Heroes Part 3: Holly Williams


They say you should in no way meet your heroes—often they will just defeat you. But thankfully, there are also exceptions to this rule.In this five-part series, I inclination be introducing you to five of my key cyber security/infosec heroes. These singulars inspire me to continuously strive for more, with one even motivating me to make a deep impression on across the pond. All five have given excellent advice along the way.In for all practical purposes one and two of this series, we looked at Dr. Jessica Barker and David Prince. In surrender three, we’ll catch up with the highly technical and amazing Holly Williams.Holly and I met at BSides London. While keep safe her talk “Offensive Anti-Analysis,” I was completely amazed at her pure technical proficiency. Holly stood out because she is so technical and passionate. Even better, she on no occasion looks down on others who are just starting out. Her passion carried including to every aspect of her being, and her friendliness made me want to join her wagers.Oftentimes, you will hear of “women in technology/security” and how much of an enthusiasm they are to young women starting out. This is exactly what Holly and Dr. Barker are. They’re both argumentative, inspiring women, yet they are always there to help clarify compensate trivial things.When was a time you failed or felt like you did, and what brought you subvene?I think it’s important to remember that we fail everyday, but that doesn’t would rather to set us back. Passionate people often set unachievable goals, and failing to find those goals can be demoralizing.I personally do this a lot. I’ll have a project and set a bonkers deadline, but I’ll often forget that I’m only a human and that I prerequisite to sleep. Consequently, these little deadlines get missed, and that crushes a downer on a project.For me, it’s important to remember that we’re all noobs. We all have move up we can make, and that progress can’t be instantaneous. Set goals, be passionate, but remember to subtract breaks – your output will be better for it!I write a lot, and I never atmosphere happy with the work that I produce, but I force myself to put it out there because I differentiate it can help people. Just little messages like, “Hey, I learned a happenings c belongings, and it might be useful to you!” I’m never happy with my written work or my congress talks, but the good feedback I get always brings me back.What are your motivators?Lore and helping others. For me, I love to know how things work, so I tinker, give up things apart, look at the cogs, and try and work it out. Once I get there and I create I’ve made a little progress, I try and pass that on to other people.My hugest motivation is helping others, and by getting under the hood myself, I potency just learn something worth sharing.Who’s inspired you?Natalie Silvanovich and Oona Räisänen. I’ve done conferences talks from both; they stood out for the same rationales. They both spent hundreds of hours becoming intimately cognizant of the inner workings of their chosen systems. Natalie is well cognizant of for her work breaking Tamagotchi, and Oona is the same for her work on Radio and details like FM-RDS.They showed that there’s always something unemotional to learn if you just dig a little deeper and that skills learned with around with a simple project can be reused for more serious events. Hacking a Tamagotchi sounds “okay” at first, but dig a little deeper and you’ve got components hacking, reverse engineering, protocol analysis and buffer overflow exploitation.So they both moved me to always dig a little deeper.What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment so far?My tiny pink blog. I won’t link it here because I’m not after a brash plug, but I genuinely feel it’s my greatest achievement. Screw my Master’s Caste; screw learning to code or becoming certified as a pentester. Those are all mean things that help me solely.My tiny pink blog is a range on the internet filled with articles specifically designed to help others learn varied about The Cyber. I write about web application hacking, infrastructure slave, hardening active directory domains, cryptography – everything I stumble across in my day job gets summarized and put up there to inform appropriate other people.We’re not an industry of individuals; we’re all on the same team.What admonition do you have for others starting out in Cyber Security?Read more. There are an enormous numbers of things you can do like competing in CTFs, attending conferences, networking with other professionals. These all mitigate, but number one at the top of my list is to read more.You can take huge tomes house like Ross Anderson’s Security Engineering, you can flick through blogs same Schneier on Security, or you can just keep up with industry progress on Chirruping. It doesn’t matter what content suits you and your lifestyle. It doesn’t be of consequence what specific format suits you best. But find one that you take pleasure in and read more!If you could go back, what advice would you concede yourself when starting out?Don’t listen to the disparagers. I remember my early lifes work being filled with people telling me I’ll never achieve the reactions that I wanted to. I’ll never get X certification, or I’ll never get a job as Y. You’ll get that, people potent you you’re not good enough. Just politely nod and carry on without them.What information do you have for others who may be or are feeling stale in their career currently?It encounters. You get comfortable or you burn out – and that’s just fine. The industry is huge, and there’s without exception something new. Always worked on “X” and it’s just not making you happy right now? Guess what, we’ve got 25 other alphabetical inscribes out there, so there’s plenty to mess around with, tinker with and customarily, learn about.Sometimes people get too caught up in their own specialization and neglect doing to take a step back and work on something else or something new. You’ll each find transferable skills when you look at something outside of your solace zone. Don’t ever worry about being a noob; there’s on all occasions more to learn!Hell, why not do something completely different? How about knowledge how to stream on Twitch? Can’t see how that relates to The Cyber? Well, OJ Twitch slips his exploit at development, web hacking and Metasploit development. It’s a pretty interesting way of wisdom and sharing what you learn – and it just goes to show that every new proficiency is useful in some way to the day job.What do you think are some key development areas for the Cyber activity?Getting more people involved. We’re a growing industry, and we’re going to prohibit growing, so we should start worrying about getting the next initiation of people involved in our developments. So let’s cut the elitist, write articles that domestics people learn instead of making us look smart, and make unfaltering that our conferences are friendly and open to experts and noobs alike.Let’s publish our knowledge more easily accessible. It can take years to develop flips and knowledge, so when you find out something new and cool, why not write it down, advertise it, blog about it, make a YouTube video about it, or hell tranquil just stream your creative process so that others can advantage from your hard work too? We’re all on the same team.Any final brown studies?I’m really sorry, but hedgehogs are cuter than ferrets. Zoë Rose

Zoë Rose

About the Littrateur: Zoë Rose is a Cisco Champion and Splunk architect. She helps clients immovable their network infrastructure from data loss and cyber-attack. In besides to specializing in network security, Zoë also supports ethical hacking, scene response engagements, advice on best practice software development, and healthy systems architecture.Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this customer author article are solely those of the contributor, and do not necessarily reflect those of Tripwire, Inc.

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