A Fireside Chat With and About Young People in Cybersecurity
Mark Cummings, Founding Member and CTO at BCI sat down with both youth speakers and individuals who have leveraged their expertise to teach kids about the cybersecurity world and get them involved in ethical ways.
We explored a number of different themes including cybersecurity competitions, keeping young people engaged in a positive way, the world in which the youth envision for themselves in years to come, and how to move forward and continue to push change.
Thirteen year old Brandon Holland is a cyber-enthusiast. He has been going to cyber security conferences for the past 5 years and embraces every learning opportunity he gets. He won his first security competition when he was 11. This past year at the 2020 virtual Defcon he competed in two different security competitions. One was a teens-only competition which he won; the other was an adult competition in which he was the captain of the winning team. Outside of security, his fifth grade science fair project was Decrypting Cyphers with Python Programming. He has competed in many math and science competitions every year. He recently won the Academic Excellence award for his grade at school. Brandon has also been a key component in his basketball clubs for four years. He enjoys playing basketball, spending time with friends and family and, as expected, gaming.
Meredith Gottlieb is a 16 year old high school student. She has attended 8 Defcons. She has competed in 4 SECTF4kids competitions and 4 SECTF4Teens competitions. She has mentored other competitors in the kids division. She also competes with her horses in Dressage and has gone to multiple national competitions. She has competed in the Washington States STEM fair 5 times and won 3 times. She looks forward to attending Defcon in 2022 and competing in her last SECTF4Teens competition.
My name is Anthony González Salas, I am 18 years old and I'm currently working at IBM as a SIEM threat monitoring analyst. I started studying cybersecurity when I was 15 years old when I read a book about cybersecurity and since then I started to develop myself in cyber security with a few local public programs and with entry level certifications, those skills gave me the foundations to apply in an early professional position at IBM, about 6 months ago.
Amanda Marchuck has been a part of Social-Engineer, LLC since its beginning. As the first employee hired with the company, she has worn many hats over the years. She is now the online content manager, managing and writing the content published by Social-Engineer. She also has managed the SEVillage events throughout the years, including organizing, managing, and running the SECTF4Kids and SECTF4Teens events.
Daryl Pfeif is the Founding Partner of Digital Forensics Solutions (GotDFS.com) and CEO of Digital Security Associates (GotDSA.com). Since 2004, she has been actively engaged in digital forensics and cyber security, supervising forensic and data breach investigations, security audits and analysis, training, research and software development. Daryl is also a founding Board Member and the COO of DFRWS.org, a volunteer-driven non-profit organization that coordinates international knowledge sharing and collaborative activities for leaders in education, government, and industry to address emerging challenges and to advance the science in DFIR research and practice. Daryl’s most recent endeavor is the Cyber Sleuth Science Lab, (CyberSleuthLab.org) an initiative founded in 2016 to empower young women and other underrepresented youth to pursue careers in DFIR and related fields.
In 2001 I started in IBM as a network analyst, over the years and after hard work I was given the opportunity to lead IBM SOC in Costa Rica as Global Operations Manager. In 2014 I moved to Costa Rica together with a team of 6 people to position IBM in Costa Rica as one of the largest and most important SOCs globally, where, in 2020, it already had more than 580 employees thanks to the excellent work of the entire team.
During my career at IBM, I worked alongside several countries developing, implementing and leading information security management systems such as SIEM monitoring services, offensive security, vulnerability scanning, firewalls (and other NW devices), application and data security, among others. In 2021, CINDE, a group of technology companies and I created the Cybersecurity Cluster in Costa Rica, with the aim of turning the country into a cybersecurity HUB at a global level.
Today, I am helping organizations with my experience in areas such as SOC building, security consulting & entrepreneurship, threat management, incident response and risk management.