Tag Archives: leadership

PVCSec EP98: Poutine Security

In this lastest thrilling episode, the @InfoSecSherpa and @TokyoGringo go long talking about mental health in IT & InfoSec, Twitter’s personal data land grab, why security is hard, adventures in Canada, and more!

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PVCSec EP 94: To Cert or not To Cert


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Dear friends,

Welcome to this latest thrilling episode in a collector’s series, in which Tracy and Paul discuss:

Topic One: Information Security Certifications are Worthless and Causing More Harm than Good

Paul and Tracy talked about the pros and cons of popular InfoSec certifications like Network + and Security + from CompTIA, the CISSP from ISC(2),  and the CEH from the EC-Council.

Topic Two: Getting overwhelmed by the news and how to deal

A lively discussion was held about tools, techniques, tricks, and philosophies of news and current events intake.

The Information Hoarding Epidemic: Causes and Solutions
(webinar recording + slides)

Nuzzel, Pocket, and Twitter Lists were just some of the tools mentioned.

Topic Three: How NOT to use your communication skills

Based on stories in the latest headlines, ideas were exchanged about best practices for good communication.

Plugs:
Tactical Edge – Latin America’s premier InfoSec conference! September 13-14, 2017 in Bogotá, Colombia

Tracy will present at BSidesCharm, “The Battle for OSINT: Are you Team GUI or Team Command Line?” with friend of the show, Joe Gray.

EP81: Michael Santarcangelo



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On this week’s show Tracy, Paul, and Ed are joined by Michael @catalyst Santarcangelo to talk leadership and communications.

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PVCSec 78: Leader? Yes, please!



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In this latest thrilling episode, Ed & Paul talk “Yes People”, motivating around roadblocks, and Tactical Edge.

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PVCSEC 61: Excuses into actions and habits of effective leaders

Excuses into actions part two. Three simple habits of extremely effective leaders. PR stunts: good or bad for the industry?

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PVCSec 43: Leadership Blues

3* general’s 6 leadership tips , “My Way or the Highway”,  employee security travel tips, and more on this latest, thrilling episode of PVCSec.

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The How of Mentoring

Over on my site, Busy | Paul R. Jorgensen, I waxed about the folks I’m officially and unofficially mentoring. Tonight I expounded, pompous mentor-like, on a number of topics (to a junior colleague and a brilliant yet unfortunate senior colleague, stuck in our orbit by her ardent professionalism & unerring politeness & desire to make well-earned fun of us). I’ll leave the “what landed as useful“ versus “couldn’t wait for him to shut up” ratio to my audience; I only hope the ratio is favorable to my ego.

This discussion, added to other broader team chats and emails and instant messages and whatnot, present an interesting question:

Setting aside the formulated “what” of being a mentor, where’s the “how”?

Seriously, there are any number of books telling mentors what to do:
be available, be open, be ruthless (but not too ruthless), be not too available, be not too open. Recommend a schedule. Don’t recommend a schedule. Build up! Don’t forget to break down. Do this; don’t do that. The latest book countermands the previous book.

Here at PVC Security we stick to four pillars – Passion, Vision, Communication, and Execution. They’re as applicable to mentoring as to most serious endeavours. Yet, “how” is still variable.

  • How do you instill passion when they’re new? If they’re cynical?
  • How do you convey vision when they don’t know the landscape?
  • How do you encourage communication and collaboration in a lone wolf or a lost cub (which every new hire is until they find their footing, regardless of place)?
  • How do you coach execution when they’ve never delivered anything before? When they’ve never delivered anything themselves but as part of a team? When they’ve delivered but it lacked success? When they delivered successfully and think they know better than everyone else? When they won’t deliver because they’re afraid to be wrong?

How do you, Dear Friends, approach mentoring?
If you received mentoring, how did he or she deliver it and what impact did it have on you?
If you’ve mentored, what do you find successful and what do you find best to avoid?

Comment here, email us at [email protected], or tweet with #askpvcsec for us to see your musings. If your response piques our interest, we might invite you on the podcast.

Stay tuned!

And Thank You!

PVCSEC Ep 34: Mentorship

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In this latest, thrilling episode Tim and Paul run long musing upon an array of topics, such as mentoring staff, learning another language, and what’s in our pockets!

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Converge Detroit Slide Decks

We enjoyed our time at Converge Detroit < understatement.

Ed’s & Paul’s slide decks are available! Check out the 4 Pillars of Leadership talk and the PVCSec LIVE! talk presentation materials.

Thanks again to the event, the sponsors, the volunteers, and all the attendees. We’re already looking forward to Converge Detroit 2016.

PVCSec EP 24: Private Eyes

This time, on PVCSec: Verizon reminds us we’re bad at security (THX, FotS @hrbrmstr), why it’s not a good idea for corporations to use your PII as ID for PHI, you can’t handle the Truth! & BIG NEWS!

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