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Congratulations on realizing that we all need some help with our career search! We have two groups of experts ready to assist you.

Career Coaching

Career coaches are established community professionals who will give you honest commentary on what to look for next in your career or help you strategize how to overcome certain challenges.

  • Chris Culling 15:00-17:00 Tuesday, 15:00-17:00 Wednesday
    I currently work for Gigamon as a Senior Technical Success Manager. I’m retired U.S. Army (Military Intelligence), live in Stevensville, Maryland, and have been working as a government contractor for the last ten years in the areas of operations management, SOC operations, and CTI analysis. I’ve been married for 31 years to a very patient woman, have three adult children (two who are married and have yet to bless me with any grandkids), two cats, a dog, and a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig.
  • Chris Merkel 15:00-17:00 Wednesday
    I'm a Senior Leader in Cybersecurity and Risk, working in large enterprises for over 15 years. I enjoy coaching both individual contributors as well as new and aspiring leaders. Professional development is important to me, I run or volunteer in career workshops at conferences several times per year across the Midwest.
  • John Yeoh 15:00-17:00 Tuesday
    With over 20 years of experience in research and technology, John provides executive-level leadership, relationship management, and strategy development. He is a published author, technologist, and researcher with areas of expertise in cybersecurity, cloud computing, information security, and next generation technology (IoT, DevOps, Blockchain, Quantum). John specializes in risk management, third party assessment, threat intelligence, data protection, incident response, and business development within multiple industry sectors, including government. His works and collaborations have been presented in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, SC Magazine, USA today, CBS, Information Week, and others.
  • Kelly Nogueras 13:00-15:00 Tuesday
    Currently a Software Developer with Aceenture Federal Services
  • Kevin Mau 13:00-17:00 Wednesday
    Over the years Kevin has held many diverse roles including SVP of Incident Response and MDR, Research, Security Engineering, Development, Reverse Engineering, and Threat Hunting. In his current role as a senior threat hunter he leads teams looking for bleeding edge threats in client environments. He also spends time giving back to the community via mentoring and working as a lead for a large defcon village.
  • Owen Wright 15:00-17:00 Tuesday, 13:00-15:00 Wednesday
    Owen has worked in red teaming, adversary simulation and penetration testing for 18 years. He began his infosec career as a penetration tester before moving to a management role at a boutique consultancy where he helped grow a global team of well over 100 technical specialists. He is currently a managing director at Accenture, a large consultancy. Owen is passionate about finding and developing top technical talent. Over the years he's reviewed thousands of CVs and hired and developed hundreds of offensive security specialists. He also has some perspective of the challenges of joining the industry through a non-typical route, having studied humanities and spent time as an English teacher prior to starting his career in infosec.
  • Pete Cooper 13:00-17:00 Tuesday
    Pete has led and built teams across multiple public and private sectors and worked on everything from global cyber strategies to complex projects with the hacker community, industry and government. His efforts include driving the cyber transformation of the UK Government, founding the Aerospace Village at DEFCON and founding Cyber 9/12 UK, the UK’s first national cyber strategy competition that helps find and act as the launch pad for the next generation of diverse security leaders.
  • Will Baggett 13:00-15:00 Tuesday, 13:00-15:00 Wednesday
    Will Baggett is the Director of Digital Forensics at Operation Safe Escape (volunteer role), a non-profit organization providing assistance to victims of domestic abuse. Will draws from his experience as a former CIA officer specializing in Technical and HUMINT Operations as well as a NATO SOF Cyber Security SME. His experience in the cyber industry covers the gamut from Y2k compliance to Log4J mitigation. He has been selected to present Hacking Remote Interviews at BSidesLV 2022 and looks forward to assisting members of the BSidesLV community with planning their next steps on their career path.
  • William Chu 13:00-15:00 Wednesday
    20 + years of Software Development Life Cycles experience.

Resume Review

Resume reviewers are technical recruiters in our community who are setting aside 30 minutes to review your resume and give you the straight scoop on how to improve your resume.

  • Christine Winchester 13:00-17:00 Tuesday
    USMC vet as well as a recruiter for over 20 years in both public and private communities
  • Jamal Drake 15:00-17:00 Tuesday, 13:00-15:00 Wednesday
    Experience recruiter performing full cycle recruitment to account management, training, and recruitment management. Very successful partnering with internal business teams and external clients by providing high level of customer service
  • Kirsten Renner 13:00-17:00 Wednesday
    Kristen is a Recruiting Director for a division of a large national cyber security company with 20 years of experience. Specializes in intel and has a passion in connecting talent to the right opportunities. She is a frequent presenter in the community on a variety of job search topics. Can also be found in the Car Hacking Village in a con near you.
  • Kris Rides 13:00-15:00 Tuesday, 13:00-15:00 Wednesday
    Kris is CEO and Co-Founder of Tiro Security, a Cybersecurity Staffing and professional services company. He is a retained advisor to the Cloud Security Alliance and one of the original founding Board Members of the Southern California Cloud Security Alliance Chapter, previous President, and an honorary board member. He serves as an advisory board member to the National Cybersecurity Training & Education Center (NCYTE) as well as for the non-profit; GRC for intelligent Ecosystems (GRCIE). When it comes to cyber security staffing Kris is recognized as one of the most experienced specialists in the industry, he has spoken at some of the most prestigious conferences in our industry including DEFCON, RSA, BSidesLV, and the (ISC)2 Congress. When he isn't working, Kris is looking forward to a time when family holidays can involve snowboarding and scuba diving with sharks.
  • Linda Orlosky 13:00-15:00 Tuesday
    Senior Talent Manager Accenture Federal Services
  • Matt Duren 15:00-17:00 Wednesday
    Matt Duren has been in recruiting since he graduated college in 2001. Starting out in a technical staffing agency, Matt quickly transitioned to corporate recruiting and has lead recruiting teams responsible for IT and college recruiting, as well as Employment Branding. Matt is currently a Sr. Recruiting Manager at Tenable, located in Columbia, MD. Originally from Virginia, Matt has lived in Maryland since graduating from James Madison University. He also holds a Masters in Organizational Development and Strategic HR from Johns Hopkins. When he’s not recruiting, you can find Matt enjoying family-time with his wife and two daughters, training for the occasional Obstacle Course Race, and eating Gummy Bears…lots of Gummy Bears. To enable screen reader support, press Ctrl+Alt+Z To learn about keyboard shortcuts, press Ctrl+slash
  • Ricki Burke 15:00-17:00 Tuesday, 15:00-17:00 Wednesday
    Ricki is the founder of CyberSec People, Australia's leading cybersecurity recruitment company. A keen contributor to the infosec community, Ricki is involved as a Co-organizer of BSides Gold Coast, SecTalks Gold Coast, host of the Hacking into Security podcast, run career villages, workshops and speaker at a number of cons, including BSides Canberra, Perth and Melbourne.