~$ I talked at BSides Islamabad!

Posted on Nov. 9th, 2020.


Exactly one week after my talk at BeerCon2, I was slated to talk at BSides Islamabad !


Before BeerCon2

Upon my gradually increasing hype for BeerCon2 and having submitted a CFP there, my friend Ibad said that if I wanted to, I could also submit it to BSides Islamabad.

So, I reworded my CFP (below) and provided it, and then a little while later it got accepted !

Getting the talk ready

Since it was in essentia the same talk as for BeerCon2, I first prepared for that one, and once I had given it, I moved on to modifying it a little.

Because -- contrary to BeerCon2 -- I had an additional 10 minutes to give my talk (!), and you know what that means: MOAR slides !

So I modified the few things I wasn't entirely happy with in my BeerCon2 presentation, and I added an entire technical example to it, just to spice it up a little more.

Giving the talk !

On the day of, I wasn't as stressed as I thought I'd be, catching a few talks along the way.

When came my time, I just logged on, started sharing my screen, and poof, everything started off well !

I had to introduce the talk again 30 seconds in due to a small technical malfunction, but that actually didn't phase me !

Perhaps I should've been phased a bit, because as I was giving the talk, I got to the time-midpoint, and I still had so much to talk about, and as such shifted into high-gear -- a shift that I'm sure was noticeable.

During the Q&A, a very interesting question was asked of me: "Do I think knowing programming is required to get into InfoSec ?"

Although I myself come from a development background, I personally believe that one can enter InfoSec without any programming knowledge whatsoever, but that certain domains within InfoSec do (for example malware reversal).

I may not have put it into these words specifically, but that was my answer to the question that is certain to feel like a locked gate for the aspirations of those interested !
To be fair, I still don't believe I'm entirely in InfoSec yet, because I lack so much of the underlying knowledge and terminology. But I'm getting there, and anyone can !

My takeaways from the event.

The event was well organised and structured, we had open lines of communication and an entire Discord server packed with attendees and speakers, which was awesome !

There were few rookie speakers and I would like in the future to see a day dedicated to Pakistani (potentially rookie) speakers !

All in all it was a fun experience !