Striking a balance between security updates, following threats and being a team player

Infosec team community

The world of cybersecurity is fast paced, there’s no denying it. Innovation is constant and threats are ever-evolving. As a result, it’s not uncommon for professionals to get easily overwhelmed. 

But here’s a comforting thought: none of us is ever truly alone in this journey.

Where the infosec community comes into play

In the vast world of cybersecurity, a specialist is never a lone ranger. There’s always a community standing by, ready to offer a helping hand to those who might feel a little lost in the storm.

It’s in these moments, amidst the dynamics of the cyber landscape, that the true importance of teamwork, knowledge & experience sharing reveals itself.

What is more encouraging is that this realization is taking center stage in discussions. The cybersecurity community is acknowledging the profound necessity of collaboration, understanding that working together as a team is the key to overcoming the unique challenges of our field of work.

Therefore, we’re extremely happy to have our #DefCamp 2023 speaker Simona David, Security Engineer Orange Services, addressing the topic. Simona shares her experiences and insights with a genuine, heartfelt touch, in the hope that her words will be of help to struggling professionals:

Keeping up with everything that happens on a daily basis is quite hard, especially with the geo-political context we face. 

We are flooded with tons of news, most of them depicting pretty bad stories. So, we must filter the information, take the time to understand it and extract the most valuable insights from there. 

As a security person, I sometimes feel that we are expected to know everything and to always keep up to date. Every day we find another report that talks about a different threat-actor, a new technique being used, a new target, a new vulnerability and so on. 

We are also expected to keep up with patches and software updates. So, we can all agree that this is a fast-paced environment and keeping up with everything would be nearly impossible. 

But I think that the most important thing we can do is to share what we know, what we read in the news and ask questions when things are not clear.  

But who do you ask the questions to? 

I’ve learned that addressing your concerns in groups of people with different technical backgrounds, even though it will lead to different opinions, will be the greatest source to expand your knowledge. Their perspectives will help you understand their concerns and their areas of interest. 

Working alongside other professionals with different technical backgrounds has the biggest impact on my development. Exchanging ideas with them provides a huge source of inspiration and a new perspective on things. 

As a security researcher, working with software developers, cryptographers, people who not only work in these domains, but also teach others, I feel lucky to be part of a team where technical background diversity exists. And, up until now, I have only met security people who made their job their hobby. Every colleague that I worked with shared this passion and I remember asking ourselves what we would do if we won 10 million dollars and all of us answered that we would still do something related to security. 

Our heartfelt thanks to Simona for lending her voice to a conversation that may just be the beacon of support professionals need!

DefCamp as a community

Here at DefCamp, we’ve always emphasized the incredible impact community involvement can have on shaping not just cybersecurity careers but also the way we approach challenges as professionals. Trust us, everything becomes a little brighter when you’ve got a team ready to cheer you on.

Whether you’re navigating challenges or celebrating victories, remember, you’re not alone. DefCamp is not just a conference; it’s a community ready to embrace you and to instill a mindset that thrives on collaboration and shared growth.

DefCamp 2023 is coming!

So, prepare to join the infosec community and come meet Simona this November 23-24, at DefCamp 2023! Get your DefCamp ticket to catch her presentation on Moving Target Defense.

We take this opportunity to mention that DefCamp 2023 is powered by Orange Romania. Moreover, this edition is possible with the support of our main partners: Bit Sentinel, Booking Holdings Center of Excellence, Keysight Technologies Romania, the National Institute for Research and Development in Informatics – ICI Bucharest, FORT, OPSWAT,, MSD, TwelveSec, Bitdefender, Superbet x Happening, KPMG, Siemens and CyberEDU.

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