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February 4, 2020 37 min
Nick Vissari went from being an engineering dropout (he didn't like creative writing) to a tech consultant to a math tutor. His penchant for fixing things homed him back into tech, where he is now responsible for security in a large school district. He recently went back to school and received his cybersecurity degree as well. Notes At 10-years-old, his Dad had problems putting the computer together, so he helped his dad Family never stifled any inquisitiveness he had Started as a math tutor at the school system How he initially had the wrong attitude in security Quotes: "Once you get into a position somewhere, do whatever you can to make yourself invaluable. Find the things people don't want to do and do them. The hard problems are the ones most rewarding."  "If you're not automating right now, it's probably because you have more resources than you know what to do with."  "There are a lot of people that are security professionals, but they really don’t know about how a system works." "Just got to have that passion for wanting to learn and you can definitely jump into security." "My grandmother always said: 'Those who don't make mistakes, don't do much.' So get out there a make a bunch of mistakes." "Don't be that guy that says 'No' to everything." Links Nick on Twitter: sslstrip by Moxie: Firesheep plugin: Getting Into Infosec Checkout My Book: Breaking IN: A Practical Guide to Starting a Career in Information Security: T-Shirts, Mugs, and more: Sign up for sneak peeks, updates, and commentary: See for privacy information.
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