And Another Thing… What A Difference A Year Makes

They say time flies when you’re having fun and, for me, the last 12 months has proven that to be very true indeed.

I cannot believe its been a whole year since I put out THAT post which, ultimately, made such a huge difference to my life.

On June 25 last year I really was ready to jack it all in. I’d spent thousands of hours learning and writing about the topic of infosec simply because I wanted to, but the necessities of real life had gotten in the way.

I’d lined up a part-time job which I don’t even want to talk about now because I know how much I would have hated it. I’d written my own exit, clicked on Publish, and sent out a tweet.

If Peter Stephens hadn’t of phoned me immediately afterwards I would have walked away from my computer then and there, never to return. But he suggested I should stick around for the morning and watch the reaction.

Ha, thought I, no-one will care.

How wrong I was.

The response was amazing – literally thousands of messages, emails and phone calls which continued for several weeks afterwards.

Some of the greatest and most well known people in infosec offered help and encouragement. Many of them are still looking out for me and continue to offer help and advice, and suggestions as to how I may one day fulfill my other dream (ssshhh, its a secret).

So, once again, I would like to pay tribute to the infosec community – it truly is a wonderful thing.

Many members came to my aid when they didn’t have to. They didn’t know me (or at least many of them didn’t at the time), they didn’t owe me anything, and I had never done anything to warrant their help. But they still helped me out regardless.

Many of you may think that is normal, its just the way people in any profession operate. But it isn’t. I’ve worked in other environments where, lets just say, things are very different and its each person for themself.

So, with that in mind, I’d like to once again thank Sophos Naked Security and Brian Honan for the amazing opportunity both have given me – you really have made a massive difference to my life.

And I’d also like to thank the community as a whole for making someone who is very much an outsider feel so very welcome.

Thanks also to all of you who have helped, and continue to do so, as my journey continues. Some of you know what you’ve done, others may have assisted without realising and others will be remembered straight after I hit the Publish button, but recognition deservedly belongs to Neira, Raj, Jitender, Dan, John, Peter, Javvad, Rik, Graham, Bruce, Mo and a few thousand more of you!

I thank you all.

About Lee Munson

Lee's non-technical background allows him to write about internet security in a clear way that is understandable to both IT professionals and people just like you who need simple answers to your security questions.

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