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Article Resource November 12, 2019

Your InfoSec Career Starts at AWS re:Invent 2019

Your Career in InfoSec Starts at AWS re:Invent 2019 

How to use events like AWS re:Invent to advance your InfoSec career or make the switch to one

 

Looking to break into a career in Information Security, or InfoSec for short? Whether you’re a seasoned IT professional looking to make a career switch, or you’re just getting started in your career, you can carve out your own path in this rapidly growing sector. 

The upcoming AWS re:Invent 2019, as well as other cloud computing events, are an excellent way to further your education and your career. Keep reading to learn how to make the most of conferences to advance your career or make the switch to a new one.

 

Why is InfoSec such a sought-after career?

 

A business’ technology infrastructure is only as strong as its defense against threats. The goal for any organization is to maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of its data. An increasing number of cyber attacks, however, are making that a tougher job for IT professionals across industries.

Costs associated with mitigating security threats have skyrocketed as the amount of data being stored grows. A 2018 report from the U.S. Council of Economic Advisers estimated that malicious cyber activity cost the United States economy between $57 billion and $109 billion in 2016 alone. These crimes, according to the report, can include threats such as “denial of service attacks, data and property destruction, business disruption… and theft of proprietary data, intellectual property, and sensitive financial and strategic information.” 

These security vulnerabilities can occur anywhere, but they are especially costly in the United States. The global average of costs associated with a data breach is $3.92 million, according to IBM. In the United States, where the most expensive data breaches occur, that figure jumps to an average of $8.19 million per event. According to the report, the cost of a breach depends on factors like the number of records stolen and the efficiency in identifying the incident. 

More organizations are prioritizing cyber security and data security, but new challenges arise every day in mitigating cybercrime. Skilled Information Security experts are highly sought after to help companies reduce the risks, costs, and lost business that can come with a security threat.

 

How can you advance your InfoSec career at AWS re:Invent?

 

AWS re:Invent, hosted by Amazon Web Services, is the largest global conference with a focus on cloud computing. The eighth annual conference will take place from December 2 to 6, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will offer more than 2,700 speaking sessions, bootcamps, hackathons, workshops, keynotes, and more.

More jobs are shifting to the cloud, making it imperative for IT professionals both old and young to further their education and skills training. Whether you come from a data center background or you’re already familiar with cloud computing, there’s something for professionals at all skill levels and career stages at AWS re:Invent.

What do the experts have to say? Check out AWS Community Hero Mark Nunnikhoven’s guide to security sessions for all professionals at AWS re:Invent 2019. 

Browse the event catalog to discover sessions that match your career interests. With more than 2,700 sessions and activities, these are just a few highlights to help you get started.

 

(Pro tip: Don’t forget to reserve your seat for the sessions you want to attend. Many sessions are repeated, so if you can’t make one, check for alternate times on the AWS re:invent schedule. Read our guide  for more tips on making the most of your AWS re:Invent sessions.)

 

New to cloud infrastructure?

 

AWS re:Invent 2019 has speaking sessions, Q&A events, and hands-on training for all skill levels. Try the intermediate 200-level sessions if you’re looking to learn new topics and build your skills. 

If you come from a data center background, don’t miss these sessions:

 

 

  • Did you know that cloud applications like AWS have their own native security tools? Learn how to use them to your advantage to mitigate risks.

 

 

 

Want to elevate your existing cloud security knowledge?

 

If you already come from a cloud-native background, you’ll be in the perfect place to advance your education and learn new tricks.

 

  • Get some hands-on experience at the Security Jam. Practice your skills and learn some new ones in a set of simulated security incidents.

 

 

 

 

Networking Tips for AWS re:Invent 

 

Whether you’re an aspiring InfoSec professional or a seasoned IT veteran, you want to have a professional and polished image when you make connections and meet with prospective employers. Use these networking tips for success at re:Invent and similar tech events.

 

Refresh your LinkedIn profile

 

When did you last update your LinkedIn profile? If it’s been a while, dust it off and fix it up! Here are a few suggestions to get you started:

 

  • Upload a profile picture and background image. If you haven’t yet, upload a professional headshot or other photo taken of you. (Try to avoid using a selfie if you can!) Also, don’t neglect the background image. Add an eye-catching graphic that expresses your professional experience or interests. You can also take a cue from our Brand & Communications Director, Adam Kranitz, and promote your organization’s attendance at AWS re:Invent.

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  • Write your bio. Don’t ignore the About section at the top of your profile! Fill in some detail about who you are as a professional, what specialties or certifications you have, and the kinds of connections you’re hoping to make on LinkedIn. Writing tips: use first person (e.g., “I am an experienced IT professional…”), avoid stuffing the text with industry jargon, and keep it conversational. 

 

  • Update your work experience and headline. Make sure you have your most recent positions listed, regardless of industry. Add some details about your job responsibilities to give connections an impression of what skills you’ve acquired. Finally, make sure you have a profile headline that reflects your current position or what you’re looking for if you want to make a career switch. 

 

Now that you have a freshly updated LinkedIn, you’re ready to connect with others before, during, and after the show. Don’t worry, you probably won’t need to walk around the Expo floor with a stack of resumes in hand. Exchanging business cards should work just fine when you make a connection. Be sure to mention that you’re on LinkedIn—you can even connect while chatting with someone—and commit to reaching out to the people you met during the conference. You never know where your career might take you!

 

Make time for fun

 

AWS re:Invent 2019 gives attendees plenty of ways to connect with each other—and it’s not all business! From scavenger hunts and happy hours to ping pong tournaments and chicken wing-eating contests, you’re sure to find fun new ways to meet other professionals.

The Amazon events team has a video series on “How to “re:Invent,” and they have plenty of advice for those looking to connect at the conference. You can also connect with various communities or demographic groups to help you find professionals from similar backgrounds and cultures. Check out the new topic-based Networking Lounges at each venue to make purposeful connections.

Want to network but nervous about socializing? That’s okay. Review the introvert’s guide to AWS re:Invent to learn how you can balance your networking and downtime effectively. AWS Community Hero Margaret Valtierra offers some simple suggestions for making meaningful conversation at lunch—or any other time during the conference!

 

Connect with vendors at AWS re:Invent

 

Whether you’re seeking out potential employers or new business partners, make sure to head to the Expo at The Venetian to meet with cloud and InfoSec vendors.

There’s plenty of advice out there on making a career switch to InfoSec. A few questions you might ask vendors at AWS re:Invent include:

  • What InfoSec careers does your company offer?
  • What cybersecurity needs does your company have?
  • Which certifications are required or recommended for a prospective InfoSec candidate?
  • What is it like to work for your company?

 

AWS re:Invent 2019 will feature big names like Intel, Dell, Salesforce, IBM, Cisco, and other global companies as well as emerging tech providers and startups. You can filter sponsors by specialty here to see security providers, and check out some of our recommendations below. 

 

 

Global organizations may be top of mind, but don’t forget to meet with other rapidly growing vendors at the conference, too. 

CloudCheckr provides security and compliance services to customers as part of our platform. Be sure to visit our careers page to keep up with any openings that may interest you. We’re a gold sponsor at AWS re:Invent 2019, so don’t forget to stop by Booth 2425 to meet our team.

We’re excited for another action-packed year at AWS re:Invent. We’ll announce the speaking sessions that will take place at our booth soon on our event page.

 

See you at the conference!

 

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