SOURCE Boston is one of my favorite information security conferences. It is not to say that  other conferences are not good, but SOURCE has the benefit of being relatively close by (New York - Boston is not that far), and the conference is not massively large. As a result, there is excellent interaction between the crowd and the speakers, which is something I appreciate a lot.

Unlike last year, I will most likely not be presenting a full talk. Instead, the organizing committee has asked me to design and moderate a workshop on professional development. Of course, I accepted this invitation gladly, and we are now working to design the session.

To get started in the information security field is not easy. As shrdlu put it recently, information security is a highly specialized craft and practitioners need to get their feet wet before they can truly transition into it. The session at SOURCE Boston will be highly interactive. We'll begin with a  15 minute panel session that should set the stage for the remaining time.

The remainder of the time will take the form of a workshop in which we'll discuss topics like setting realistic goals, identifying relevant work opportunities and building a personal network. We'll also talk about what it is like to be a mentor, and what it takes to be successful as one.

We hope to cover an audience that may range from graduation college seniors to individuals who have been established in a professional environment. If you are interested in learning more, or if you have suggestions to make this session even better, please drop me a line and we'll talk.

More information about SOURCE Boston is available on its web site.