Considering a career in cybersecurity? Ex-military skills are in demand in this area, and there are many excellent resources to help military veterans learn more about what’s involved. Andrew Novak asked Randy Pargman, Senior Director of Threat Hunting and Counterintelligence at Binary Defense, about some of his favorites for cyber security information…
Hi, I’m Andrew Novak with Military Hire, and this month we’re celebrating cyber security careers. We got together on Zoom recently with our local friends from Binary Defense regarding some topics we thought that you might find interesting.
Binary Defense is a managed security services provider and software developer with solutions including SOC as a service, managed detection and response, security information and event management, and counterintelligence.
Andrew: So Randy, who are you and what do you do?
Randy: Hey, I’m Randy Pargman and I am the Senior Director of Threat Hunting and Counterintelligence at Binary Defense. What that means is I get to work with a couple of awesome teams at Binary Defense.
The counterintelligence team searches for threat indicators outside of companies’ networks on the Internet, on the dark web, on criminal forums; looking at what are the threats out there that might affect our clients and then warning them about those threats. We’re then prepared, and stop those threats from becoming real problems.
The threat hunting team looks inside of client’s networks for advanced attackers that are evading detection. They’re sneaking around inside the networks trying not to be detected. The threat hunters are out there to find them and put a stop to those intrusions.
Andrew: What are your favorite resources for those interested in cybersecurity?
Randy: There are some really great resources online that people have put together to help people get introduced to the world of cybersecurity in general and jobs in particular. I want to point out just a few of those.
Darknet Diaries is a really neat podcast that tells stories about all sorts of things from the dark side of the Internet, or, in other words, criminal activities or intelligence gathering activities. It has really interesting interviews with people who’ve been involved on both sides—attack and defense—and you really get a well-rounded perspective about what’s really out there. It’s eye-opening, really, if you haven’t ever considered the world of computer hacking or it’s just sort of mysterious to you, it’s really neat to hear first-hand from people who are involved every single day in fighting back these attacks or sometimes the people who have been involved in the attacks themselves. So Darknet Diaries is a great one!
Another really good online resource of a blog that it goes into the latest news and has some really great insight is Krebs on Security. Brian Krebs was formerly a reporter and then went out on his own with his own blog and he covers all kinds of events that have to do with break-ins and vulnerabilities. He puts it into very easy to understand terms for someone who is not a cyber security professional, but he has enough details that the cybersecurity pros also get a lot out of his blog. So it’s great to start out, and it’s great to follow along with Krebs on Security.
Jason Blanchard, who works at Black Hills InfoSec, is on Twitter with the username @BanjoCrashland, and he actually has a weekly Twitch stream where he talks about getting jobs and people can actually ask for advice, and he’ll give live advice. So it’s really interesting to follow him and get some advice on getting into the InfoSec field.
There’s another really great resource for people looking to get into the information security field on the TrustedSec blog. There’s a two-part series that is written by a former Air Force servicemember about getting into InfoSec from the ground up—really learning the basics, where to go, and how to go about applying for jobs. It also has a lot of other great links to resources that are useful to read and useful to follow along as well.
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