~$ 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 !
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 !