Infosec and the Value of Twitter

by kriggins on December 13, 2012

in Career

The title to this post is a bit of a lie. Well...not a lie so much as a bit restrictive. The value of Twitter I am referring to is that of community and mutual support.

I have a friend, we'll call him Bob, who is somewhat early in his Infosec career and had some questions. He was looking for some advice.

He reached out on Twitter asking if anybody would be willing to chat with him about his situation. We spoke last night, but this is not about me. It's about how with one simple request, Bob was able to have chats with five additional people, all of whom I know and respect.

How else would a relative newcomer working for a small company have been able draw on the experience of well-established professionals in a range of industries spread across the globe?

Community, mutual support, knowledge sharing, and, yes, occasionally a kick in the pants. These are the things that the Infosec community on Twitter offers. All you have to do is be willing to be a part of it.

So. The next time someone says you are wasting your time on Twitter, just nod your head, smile a private smile, and move on.

You know different.

And that's all that's important.

To my friends that helped out Bob; Elizabeth (@elizmmartin), Michael (@catalyst), Michael (@securitymoey), Brian (@brianhonan), and Kai (@kairorer), thank you for being who you are.

To the list of people that have helped me over the years I've been on Twitter, too many to name, thank you for being who you are too!

-Kevin

PS - You should follow those folks!

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