Overcoming challenges to build a cybersecurity career

Today’s Cyber Work Podcast features Dr. Chanel Suggs, the Duchess of Cybersecurity®. Dr. Suggs is a teacher, business owner and thought leader and has appeared on TV and podcast platforms around the world to talk about cybersecurity and the hacker mentality. She also had an incredibly challenging and seemingly insurmountable upbringing. Her tumultuous story can be found in her book, “Against All Odds: Overcoming Racial, Sexual and Gender Harassment on the Digital Battlefield.” This episode contains a lot of heartbreak and some challenging stories, as well as incredible insights and some thoroughly important takeaways.

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  • 0:00 – Free cybersecurity training resources
  • 0:56 – Overview of today’s episode
  • 1:58 – Who is Chanel Suggs, the Duchess of Cybersecurity?
  • 3:12 – Overcoming family obstacles
  • 4:50 – What drew her to a career in cybersecurity
  • 8:10 – First steps to learning IT and cybersecurity
  • 10:45 – Earning cybersecurity certifications
  • 12:20 – Making a cybersecurity training “dungeon”
  • 14:40 – Workplace abuse and harassment
  • 18:28 – Issues with hiring diverse candidates
  • 22:23 – What is Wyvern Security?
  • 27:25 – Changing the workplace culture
  • 32:47 – Social media is key to finding diverse candidates
  • 36:55 – Preventing burnout with employees
  • 40:10 – Advice on earning advanced degrees
  • 42:03 – Contract work vs. full-time employee
  • 43:34 – Free resources and services
  • 44:52 – What’s Chanel Suggs book about?
  • 47:48 – Outro

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