Women and Nonbinary People in Information Security: Stacey Holleran

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Persist week I spoke with Trica Howard about social mechanic attacks and user education. Considering how social engineering and poorly trained alcohols are two of the most significant cybersecurity problems ever, it was a great conversation.

This week I engage with another security communications specialist, tech writer Stacey Holleran. We both pen about cybersecurity professionally, but Holleran’s work involves some strange but crucial responsibilities.

Kim Crawley: Please tell me a bit about yourself and what you do.

Stacey Holleran: I see myself as a technology vending communicator. It’s a bit different from a straight up marketer in that I’m not all about bring generation. My focus is more thought leadership and promoting the company and its technology in the pause it’s in. So that is infosec these days.

KC: Wow. That sounds like what I do. I eradicate for cybersecurity vendor blogs for a living. Does your work take issue from mine?

SH: It is that and more! At ControlScan I’m responsible for two blogs as genially as industry research studies, speaking engagements, PR and media relations… And other fulfilled such as customer testimonials, educational webinars, etc. I also oversee our common media channels.

KC: So our work overlaps! Fascinating. How did you get into it?

SH: I always posslq person of the opposite sex sharing living quartered to write, so I got my bachelors degree in English with an emphasis in technical correspondence, minored in PR. Started my career as a technical writer, but transitioned to a marketing situation when an opportunity arose. It was an internal move for me and just really in the set upright place at the right time!

KC: Minus the credentials, we’re very similar.

SH: Additional I had a mentor who made a positive impact during my time there.

KC: What was your mentor in the same way as?

SH: I reported directly to him and he gave me a lot of latitude in my decision making, even allowing I was green in many ways. He also made it a point to champion my notions to the higher ups. And always talked me through errors without making me have compassion for incline like it was all my fault or the end of the world.

KC: That’s amazing. You were lucky to force him. If someone had told me when I was 16 that I would be considered to be a computer technology dab hand one day, I wouldn’t have believed them. Do you feel the same way?

SH: What off guards me most about where I am now is the technology I use to communicate as part of my everyday exert oneself.

I can be anywhere working and communicating and sharing information to make things upon! I can bring ideas and information to people or I can put it out there and then attract them to it.

KC: Definitely. Doesn’t it bother you how we have a world of knowledge in our pockets and yet people pick out to be ignorant?

SH: Absolutely! It does bother me. And I think about it a lot. It’s difficult because to me, people are seeking grasp but They’re actually stopping at the wrong place. I don’t think they judge ignorance. If you ask them, they’ll say they’re educating themselves. They’re just dedicating their own bias to it.

KC: With news sources that confirm their propensities. Yep. Has sexism ever been an issue in your career?

SH: OMG yes. And more recently, ageism.

KC: Ugh. I occurred 35 recently. Do I have to start worrying about ageism too?

SH: Not until you get into your 40s. Without warning you’ll be seen as lazy with no new ideas.

KC: Do you think that sort of ageism occur ti earlier for women?

SH: Yes. I read somewhere that for women it’s 40 and for men it’s 50. In my live experience I’ve seen that to be true.

KC: It’s amazing. Our sexuality and fertility has nothing to do with the value of our industrial ideas, but even outside of the realms of beauty and sexuality, ageism belabours us sooner.

SH: Yes. It’s the strangest thing. Talk about a double-whammy for someone who miss to have children in their 30s…

KC: What are some misconceptions people require about what you do?

SH: The biggest misconception is that there’s no strategy behind it. The peacefulness I create and the conversations I pursue are almost never “one-offs.” In other disputes, each activity or output is part of a program designed to further embed or enlarge the reach of a specific message.

KC: How have you seen cyber attacks and the foreboding landscape change over time?

SH: Speaking from my (not ControlScan’s) vantage remind emphasize: I’ve noticed ransomware giving SMBs an increasing amount of trouble upwards the last year or so. Whereas in the past the big worry was data breach, now they entertain to still worry about that *plus* network takeovers that can tender them helpless.

KC: Are people outside of cybersecurity becoming more au fait of cyber threats?

SH: Sadly, in the SMB space, no. ControlScan published a research dispatch this past Monday (written by Yours Truly) that delves into this thesis.

KC: There’s one big difference between your work and mine. None of my total up to is paywalled.

SH: Hahaha true.

KC: Do you have any advice for people who want to get into complicated writing?

SH: The ability to effectively communicate—especially in writing—is an incredibly effective and important skill set. Regardless of industry, businesses need individuals who can defend their language to a broader audience through written content.

So if you use writing, my advice is to pursue an education that sharpens your skills to use it as a communications tool.

KC: I’ve learned a lot from you, Stacey. Do you have anything else that you’d want to add before we go?

SH: We didn’t talk much about security… but I do want to say that I deep down like the infosec field. Of all the technical fields I’ve been in, this has been the most cast a spell oning to me.

Overall the thing I always look for in a role is the ability to work for an codification that’s bettering society in some way, i.e., contributing to the greater good. ControlScan (and the infosec work in general) is doing that in spades.


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