As a kid, my sister kept drilling into me that I needed to learn skills to cope with my ADHD. It was an annoying thing to keep hearing, mostly because I did not know what she was talking about. It was only later on that I realized that there exists techniques for someone with executive function disorder to get by in a 9-5 workplace somehow.
The allure of organizing your work
I gave a talk at BSides San Francisco a few months ago, specifically highlighting non-technical skills and how we can use that to navigate corporate security in an engineering-like approach. Later on I realized how much importance I placed on non-technical skills in that talk, and how useful those skills are for most, if not all jobs in Information Security.
The gist of what I said in the talk
- Identify your stakeholders
- Set up your branding
- Practice your messaaging
- Expand your network
- Keep track of your stakeholders with technology
- Find and write good documentation
- Communicate effectively and thoughtfully with your stakeholders
- Just keep doing a good job at this point
A recording of said talk
Lost in Space: Navigating Corporate Security as an Engineer
Perhaps next time I can share some tips and tricks, but for now I'll keep a few tricks up my sleeve.