This isn't anything DFIR related, but it's something near and dear to me that I would like to share! The cyber security industry is booming right now, and its needed more than ever with the rise of cyber attacks due to many people working remotely. Up until last August, I never thought I would find such a big supportive group of cyber security professionals who would cheer me on.
Many people in the industry use Twitter to connect with each other. This at first seemed odd because I thought they would use LinkedIn, and they do! But something about the cyber security community on Twitter is just extra special. Everyone has been really supportive of me, cheering me on even when I got denied to the internships I applied for. It was a level of support that I've never felt in my life before, and I'm forever grateful for the acts of kindness people have given me. I've even had people who offered to help me on my resume. I found this to be super helpful because they gave me suggestions that my school's career center hadn't even given me. Its the little things like this which make me grateful to be part of the cyber security community.
People are also open to conversations about what can be done to improve the cyber security industry, which is crucial because the industry is still young. One topic I have brought up in a tweet is the notion that being in cyber security must mean that it's the only thing you do 24/7. I find this to be unhealthy because it will burn you out eventually if that's the only thing you do. Physical activity is important for our well being, so its crucial that we get physical activity as it will improve your overall health. I believe this notion comes from the stereotype that people in the IT industry are nerds who spend time in front of the computer all day. Its unhealthy and most cyber security professionals I have met, do not like it.
I found many people who felt the same as me. Many people on Twitter's cyber security place have non-tech hobbies such as art, cooking, working out and music. As someone who has mostly non-tech hobbies, I feel less of an outsider in the industry. Many cyber security professionals suffer from impostor syndrome, which is something I go through myself. Being able to be open about my struggles has made me realize how many people go through the same thing I do along with their perspectives on how to combat it.
Its truly a beautiful thing when people come together to better the world we live in. I hope the cyber security community grows to become a welcoming space for all regardless of who we are!