How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Your Inner Impostor

by Christa M. Miller

It’s pretty much impossible to work in a small, niche community like DFIR and not eventually rub elbows with a rock star. You go to a conference and get to talking with someone, and you don’t even realize until 20 minutes later — when, inspired by the conversation, you finally ask for a business card — that you’ve been talking to Sarah Edwards, David Cowen, Alissa Torres, Rob Lee, Cindy Murphy, Eric Zimmerman, Heather Mahalik, or any other Big Name that you’ve always wanted to meet but been too intimidated to work up the nerve to approach.*

You immediately die of embarrassment, melting into a puddle of self-loathing. How could you have missed whom you were talking to? Like the awkward kid in the lunchroom longing to ask the most popular kid in school on a date, you’ve admired your heroes from afar, convinced you have no business talking to them:

– You’re not experienced enough.
– You’ve never testified on a major case or responded to a news-making data breach.
– Your code resembles command-line chicken-scratch, copied directly from Stack Overflow.

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Throughout the episode, Desi and Si share their digital forensics expertise, referencing some of the cases they have been working on and highlighting particular methodologies and technologies that have an impact on cybersecurity.

Show Notes:

100 Days of Code: The Complete Python Pro Bootcamp for 2023 - https://www.udemy.com/course/100-days-of-code/

Domestika - https://www.domestika.org/en

MIT OpenCourseWare - https://www.youtube.com/@mitocw 

MasterClass - https://www.masterclass.com/

Raspberry Pi 400 Complete Kit - https://core-electronics.com.au/raspberry-pi-400-kit.html

Flipper Discord - https://discord.com/invite/flipper

Flipper Zero - https://flipperzero.one/

This Programmer Figured Out How to Play Doom on a Pregnancy Test - https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a33957256/this-programmer-figured-out-how-to-play-doom-on-a-pregnancy-test/

Here’s a dude playing Doom Eternal on his fridge - https://www.polygon.com/2020/10/13/21514933/doom-eternal-refrigerator-door-samsung-smart-refrigerator-xbox-game-pass-richard-mallard

Doom hacker gets Doom running in Doom - https://www.pcgamer.com/doom-hacker-gets-doom-running-in-doom/

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GoldenEra - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11753760/

Racing the Beam - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racing_the_Beam

High Score (TV series) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Score_(TV_series)

Microcontroller Courses (Udemy) - https://www.udemy.com/topic/microcontroller/

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Show Notes:

100 Days of Code: The Complete Python Pro Bootcamp for 2023 - https://www.udemy.com/course/100-days-of-code/

Domestika - https://www.domestika.org/en

MIT OpenCourseWare - https://www.youtube.com/@mitocw

MasterClass - https://www.masterclass.com/

Raspberry Pi 400 Complete Kit - https://core-electronics.com.au/raspberry-pi-400-kit.html

Flipper Discord - https://discord.com/invite/flipper

Flipper Zero - https://flipperzero.one/

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GoldenEra - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11753760/

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High Score (TV series) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_Score_(TV_series)

Microcontroller Courses (Udemy) - https://www.udemy.com/topic/microcontroller/

The story of Final Fantasy XIV’s renegade do-good modders - https://www.pcgamesn.com/final-fantasy-xiv/ffxiv-modders-renegade-do-gooders

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Toyota Suffered a Data Breach by Accidentally Exposing A Secret Key Publicly On GitHub (GitGuardian) - https://blog.gitguardian.com/toyota-accidently-exposed-a-secret-key-publicly-on-github-for-five-years/

GitHub.com rotates its exposed private SSH key (Bleeping Computer) - https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/githubcom-rotates-its-exposed-private-ssh-key/

Conpago - https://www.conpago.com.au/

Source Code as a Vulnerability - A Deep Dive into the Real Security Threats From the Twitch Leak (GitGuardian) - https://blog.gitguardian.com/security-threats-from-the-twitch-leak/

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Lapsus$: Oxford teen accused of being multi-millionaire cyber-criminal (BBC) - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-60864283

Dynamic Secrets (HashiCorp) - https://developer.hashicorp.com/vault/tutorials/getting-started/getting-started-dynamic-secrets

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trufflesecurity/trufflehog (GitHub) - https://github.com/trufflesecurity/trufflehog

gitleaks/gitleaks (GitHub) - https://github.com/gitleaks/gitleaks

Git (Wikipedia) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Git

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GitHub.com rotates its exposed private SSH key (Bleeping Computer) - https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/githubcom-rotates-its-exposed-private-ssh-key/

Conpago - https://www.conpago.com.au/

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Lapsus$: Oxford teen accused of being multi-millionaire cyber-criminal (BBC) - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-60864283

Dynamic Secrets (HashiCorp) - https://developer.hashicorp.com/vault/tutorials/getting-started/getting-started-dynamic-secrets

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gitleaks/gitleaks (GitHub) - https://github.com/gitleaks/gitleaks

Git (Wikipedia) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Git

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