A Rookie PoV: The Hollywood Fallacy presented at BsidesCleveland 2016

by Raquel Milligan,

Summary : Most people have seen TV Shows such as CSI Cyber or Scorpion, just to name a few, where security appears to be something magical and for the gifted. Thanks to places like Hollywood, there has become this facade surrounding cyber security careers, which leads to false expectations towards the field. As current students at the very beginning of building our careers in computer security, we will share what it has been like to start learning the difference between our preconceived expectations and the actual reality of the career options available to us as we prepare to graduate. We will also share what types of things we are being exposed to as students by participating in various events such as Capture the Flag (CTF) competitions, the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC), and through Internships/Work-Studies.