Imposter Syndrome: I Don’t Feel Like Who You Think I Am presented at BSidesNova 2017

by Micah Hoffman,

Summary : Several years ago I was walking back to my hotel after a day’s worth of DerbyCon talks and it hit me all at once. “I’m an infosec fraud. I’m not finding 0-day exploits. I’m not hacking cars or Internets of Things and I don’t know PowerShell. I don’t belong in infosec.” It was a hard revelation to grasp because I loved infosec and the people in it. But that was my “truth” back then and I went home and looked for jobs outside of the computer industry. [SPOILER ALERT] I didn’t leave our industry. Instead, I threw myself into the community and tried to conquer those feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt. Does this sound like someone you know? If so, come join me and learn not only about “Imposter Syndrome” but how I am dealing with it and how you and your colleagues can too.