Becoming a Red Team Engineer with Micah Jackson

Micah Jackson is a Senior Red Team Engineer who was an application security lead when we filmed this episode. He’s a hacker who enjoys breaking things and building them back stronger. As a security enthusiast, he enjoys diving into every facet of security, from firewalls to malware reverse engineering.

Key Takeaway 1: Find a Cybersecurity Mentor

The security community is surprisingly welcoming. Not only can you find resources on the internet (and Micah name-drops his favorite in the episode), but you can also contact people directly. Don’t be afraid to ask practitioners for advice on building a career in security.

Key Takeaway 2: Don’t Be Afraid to Say, “I Don’t Know”

Software companies are full of specialists. No matter where you are in your career, there will always be a problem or proposed solution you don’t understand. Saying, “I don’t know, but I want to learn,” is healthy. And keeping a learner’s mentality will increase your value.

Key Takeaway 3: Leverage Adversary Knowledge from Outside Sources

As Henry Ford said, “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” In the security world, you can recreate (and thus learn from) the attacks others have seen through a process called ‘Adversarial Simulation.’ It allows you to build robust defenses before you experience an attack yourself. Micah is a firm supporter of this approach.

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