For at least a decade, I have compared my present-day self to myself three years ago. Why three years? I believe I read it somewhere once. Why do it at all? Even now when I look back at my life in three-year increments, I see such large changes. Personally, professionally, nearly every aspect of my life has changed every three years or so. Some may say that is a bad thing, I disagree, in my opinion, life should be explored and experienced.
Three years ago today was January 1st, 2013. I had been living in Atlanta for a little over a year after taking a position as an Algorithmic Developer. I learned how to program in college as it was one of the few things in IT that I wasn't comfortable with. However, I learned very quickly that programming as a career wasn't for me.
Fast forward three years later, I moved from programming, back to networking, and finally into infosec. Though it wouldn't be fair if I didn't mention that infosec and the hacker culture has been a part of my life since my teen years, I just finally decided to turn my passion into a career.
So, speaking from that point. 2015 was a great year. I had two speaking presentations, one live demo, spoke on a panel and got a small cert.
- BSidesOrlando (Variable Speed Limit Sign Vulnerability Presentation)
- DEFCON 23 (Fiber Optic Tapping Live Demonstration)
- DragonCon (EFF Panel - Year of the Data Breach)
- Hacker Halted
- SkyDogCon (Fiber Optic Tapping Presentation)
It wasn't easy, but it was incredibly rewarding, and will definitely set a standard for 2016 and onward.