How to build a home lab

In this getting stared episode of the Exploring Information Security podcast, I discuss how to build a home lab with Chris Maddalena.

Chris (@cmaddalena) and I have submitted to a couple of calls for training at CircleCityCon and Converge and BSides Detroit this summer on the topic of building a home lab. I will also be speaking on this subject at ShowMeCon. Home labs are great for advancing a career or breaking into information security. The bar is really low on getting started with one. A gaming laptop with decent specifications works great. For those with a lack of hardware or funds there are plenty of online resources to take advantage of. 

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is a home lab?
  • Why would someone want to build a home lab?
  • What are the different kinds of home labs?
  • What are the requirements?
  • How to get started building a home lab

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How to deal with the "experience required" paradox

In this exciting edition of the Exploring Information Security (EIS) podcast, I talk with Jerry Bell about overcoming the "experience required" requirement on infosec job postings.

Jerry recently had a blog post on his site (malicious link) titled, "Dealing With The Experience Required Paradox For Those Entering Information Security." It is a wonderful article with actionable items on what people can do to overcome that stipulation on job postings. Jerry is also a co-host for the Defensive Security podcast.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Activities that can be done to overcome "experience required"
  • Who is does this requirement apply
  • Our own personal experiences and suggestions for overcoming the paradox

How to get into information security

Originally posted June 25, 2014

I've been wanting to do a podcast, for a while now, on information security. I wasn't sure what I wanted the objective of the podcast to be. Most of the information security podcasts out there, or at least the ones I listen to, usually do a guest interview and cover some of the latest news and happenings within the information security. I didn't want to spin up, yet, another one of those.

Instead I've decided to spin up a podcast that explores the world of information security. One of the things I've been hearing the infosec community needs are people to teach security to those inside and outside the community. I am still very much in the early stages of my career as an information security professional and trying to learn as much as I can. I thought a podcast that allowed me to share what I've learned and explored would make for a great podcast. So here we are and my first podcast is about how to get into information security.

To explore that topic I decided to do an interview with VioPoint consultant and roundhouse master Jimmy Vo (@JimmyVo). We covered how he got into information security and also talked about some of things people on the outside looking in can do to get into information security.

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