“What if we train our employees, and they leave?”
“What if we don’t train our employees, and they stay?”
Script kiddy. Tool hacker. Tool maker.
In the various infosecurity circles, it is not uncommon to see various people and organizations contributing to community: be it in the form of knowledge/HOWTOs, or discussions, or tools written and released.
While commercial offerings (courses, products, solutions) have their place. It is pretty much the case everywhere to see that most people get started off, and maintain, their training and equipping in the “open source”/free realm.
As a sysadmin turned webappsec ethical hacker turned DFIR geek, the situation is very much the same too. Much of what I know came thanks to those who shared selflessly with the community.
I’m very much a tools kind of person, which is also why I see the scale as from one who only uses (i.e. leeches 😛 ) to the ones who know enough to modify/add on to existing tools, to the ones who get their hands dirty, implementing the tools that they envisioned themselves. This is also one of the scales along which I would want to progress professionally: from one who feeds/leeches off the feeders, to eventually feeding the community.
At what stage am I at now? Probably the “tool hacker” kind of stage, although I’ve been leeching too much of late! Time will tell if I move (up or down this scale), or if priorities change altogether. But whichever the case, it should always hold true that we need to give back to community with our work. And what better way than to start off by giving back the same way we learnt the ropes ourselves?
Along the way in my work life (so far), I have been asked the question “What do you want to be working as in the end?”
That question has never been of prime importance to me, though for personal preferences I’m pretty sure I’d like to be in the infosec industry (as of now I guess?).
The more important guiding principles/question would be “Why do you work?”
Got a good reminder today regarding some core reasons for working:
- To care for family (eg. put food on the table)
- To care for the church (people, work)
- To be of use to society with the work done
I left my first job because it stopped fulfilling all three conditions. Will need to keep on remembering these as I continue to
slog 😛work for the most part of my remaining years.