Snake Oil Talk: An Investigation of Exploitation by the Certification Federation
December 6 @ 12:00 pm – 12:30 pm EST
The cybersecurity training and certification industry is fundamentally broken and is designed to disproportionately prey on both those who are new to the industry and those who are trying to advance their career. The certification and training industry does this by promising unrealistic returns on your investment of both time and money. Training is something all of us need to advance in our career, but you shouldn’t have to sell your car to afford the opportunity to demonstrate value in your career.in this talk we will go over:
- The problem with the current training and certification industry by discussing some of the tactics used to generate revenue off of your curiosity and ambition.
- Key elements you can look for in a training or certification to identify if it is worthy of your time and money.
- Tactics you can use to teach yourself complex skills that are often hidden behind a certification or training paywalls.
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Graham Helton is currently a Red Team Specialist at Google specializing in Linux exploitation. Graham posts frequently on his website with deep dives on various security related topics. Additionally he has taught practical phishing assessments for TCM-security, which is now released for free online and founded a security consulting company, Low Orbit Security. In his free time he likes to pretend like he knows what he’s doing.