Chiara Morrison, Marketing, Manager sat down to interview Manager, Security Consulting, Kylie Martonik to talk about her contribution to the new the book, Tribe of Hackers.
Chiara: Kylie, it is so lovely to sit down with you, congratulations on your feature in Tribe of Hackers, Cybersecurity Advice from the Best Hackers in the World. Can you share how you ended up in this book?
Kylie: Sure, I was at NolaCon last year, which is an Information Security/Hacker conference for professionals and enthusiasts in New Orleans. Marcus Carey, the author of Tribe of Hackers, was the featured Keynote for the 2018 conference.
In his presentation, he discussed the concept of the book and how he was leveraging this to bridge the accessibility gap about Information Security. This book showcases a variety of perspectives about the industry. And, even though there are many perspectives, the concepts all creatively align, it was cool to see.
Following the presentation, I decided to stop him in the hallway to share my admiration and congratulations on the project, which led to him asking me for my twitter handle and email. And, months later, I got an email asking for my input.
Chiara: That is awesome. Can you tell us a bit more about the book?
Kylie: Sure, this book is based on the concept of the Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World by Tim Ferriss. Similar to Ferriss’ idea, Carey wanted to gather information from some of the top professionals in the #Infosec industry. He compiled 14 frequently asked questions and sent out a survey to the contributors for feedback. The book has been compiled based on the input from the professionals who participated. Carey hopes that this resource will be helpful to those interested in getting into the industry as well as help eliminate barriers of entry and debunk misconceptions about the industry.
Chiara: Can you share a tidbit about your contribution to the book?
Kylie: I would love to. One thing that I always tell people is that you do not have to be super technical to get into Information Security. I think that is a common misconception. But I remind people to “Stop wondering if you can break into Information Security and instead just go for it” when it comes to getting into this industry. And, if you are having doubts, feel free to pick up a free copy of the book, I think it is a great motivational tool for anyone looking to break into the industry.
Chiara: You are in a book with some of the most prestigious hackers around the world, are you a fangirl for any of them?
Kylie: That is a hard question. The book highlights some truly incredible people in the industry. Author of the book, Marcus Carey is a powerful voice in the community. I have a lot of respect for him and how he views the world. Jason Street is also well known in Infosec, touts’ years of both government and private cybersecurity experience and is currently the VP of InfoSec at SphereNY. And, Georgia Weidman, author of Penetration Testing: A Hands-on Introduction to Hacking, is an incredible community resource. I could honestly go on; it is hard to nail down which of the 50+ contributors are my favorite. Each person has been influential in shaping the infosec community both nationally and internationally.
Chiara: What made you interested in Information Security?
Kylie: In college, I took a class called “Information Warfare”, that was the first introduction that I had to the industry. Soon thereafter, I learned how to use the remote vulnerability hack, MS08-067 exploit, that allows you to take control of weak windows host, and I was pretty much hooked ever since.
Chiara: Kylie, thank you for taking the time to sit and talk with me today. It was great to hear about the book and your contributions.
Kylie: Thank you!
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Kylie has broad experience in creating security solutions aligned with business objectives at institutions of all sizes across various industries including healthcare, education and financial services. She has been a data breach first responder and digital forensic investigator for financial institutions and retail companies and has acted in the role of Information Security Manager for multiple large enterprises. Kylie is a graduate of Eastern Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems focused in the field of cyber security including Network Security and Information Warfare. Kylie has been a featured speaker at dozens of Information Security and Cybersecurity conferences, such as the Cybersecurity Symposium, ISSA Boise, Interface Boise and more. She also started the Spokane DC509 chapter as well. Outside of work, she can be found flying her drone, playing video and board games, or actively hunting for the next action figure to add to her collection.