Infosec: A Time of Increasing Opportunity!  (Video 1)

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25 responses to “(old)Part 1: A Time of Increasing Opportunity!”

  1. Nancy Q says:

    Love the examples of Rock Stars you’ve added Ted – maybe in 10 or 20 years I’ll be qualified to be featured too! Hope so

    • Ted Demopoulos says:

      At the rate our industry and out world is progressing, as well as what you’re doing, maybe 2 to 3 years? 🙂

  2. Sebastien says:

    Ted, I’ll be in your class in Brussels in the fall & looking forward to meeting and hopefully having a beer with you then.

    Looking forward to the all the videos and your upcoming book – I have preordered a copy and hope it’s here in time for you to sign it

    • Ted Demopoulos says:

      See you then Sebastien, and Belgian Beers are my favorites in the world. You must be in my onsite class!

  3. Advanced Persistent Ted – Continual reminders coupled with motivation to improve thyself.

    • Ted Demopoulos says:

      Hey Russell,
      I love that!
      One of our very successful Alumni, although you were doing great things of course before going through the Infosec Rock Star program.
      Hope to catch up soon, I’m a lot of Middle East (just got to Saudi an hour ago) and Europe the next few months but I’ll be bopping around the US much more in the fall!
      Thanks for leaving the comment!

  4. Rodney Smith says:

    I missed your last set of videos – looking forward very much to these. When is the next one coming

  5. Ted Demopoulos says:

    Rodney, early next week – maybe Tuesday. Thanks

  6. LizT says:

    Thanks Ted, I used your tips to help me pass the CISSP last year and I appreciate all you do to help people in our careers. Looking forward to the next video!

    • Ted Demopoulos says:

      Thanks Liz! Congrats on the CISSP.
      working on the next video now, I’ll hopefully have it up tomorrow depending on the work sched

  7. AJ says:

    Like LizT, I’m anxiously awaiting the next video! Thanks Mister T!

  8. Arsenio says:

    I really like the short examples/mini case studies, two rather famous people I know by reputation, and two people that seem not just up and coming but already there – sort of a, “I can do that in a couple of years!”

    • Ted Demopoulos says:

      That’s great Arsenio! Thanks for stopping by – that was absolutely my intent with my choice of examples!

  9. Pierre Noel says:


    Hey, you featured me again, so I’m leaving a similar comment to before

    I don’t know if I am a rock star, I certainly don’t see it on my daily activities, but I absolutely enjoy every single day of my work. I love what I do, I have a big smile most of the time, and I know I bring value to my company, as well as to our customers.

    My formula, is to elevate the InfoSec message. Understanding technology is cool, but being able to talk business to business people, and let them know the business impacts associated with InfoSec issues, is what really makes a difference.

    I am regularly dealing with board of directors of the biggest and brightest companies in Asia, or with ministers or president of countries. They don’t listen to me because of my silly French accent, they listen because I speak their language. I know that if I ever let one techno-lingo word escape my mouth, they will feel lost, and will tell me to speak to their security people – last thing I would want to do: most security people are not able to communicate effectively to senior management, and security is seen as wizardry in these companies.

    My trick: I probably spend an equal amount of time reading about cybersecurity, as reading about economy, geo political issues, and talking to people who master these concepts. When I speak to a CEO, I talk about vision, about business strategy, about potential impacts, likelihood. I don’t talk about security per se, I resonate with them. That’s what makes it “different”.

    But, enough about me.

    Ted, I have known you for nearly 30 years – yes, that long – and I am not sure I have ever shared with you how much of a mentor you have been to me. I would probably not be where I am right not if I had not known you, and I want everyone to know what formidable knowledge, wisdom and FUN you bring around you.

    I am immensely proud to have you as a mentor, and as a friend.


    • Ted Demopoulos says:

      Thanks again old friend – one of your comments will be in the front of my new book too! I’ll see you soon in Europe.

  10. Maryanne says:

    Thanks Ted – looking forward to the next video!

  11. Willy says:

    Rock Star, to me, means freedom. Freedom to choose the meaningful work I do, freedom to not worry about finances, and freedom to sleep late although not always 🙂

    You’ve started me on that journey!

    • Ted Demopoulos says:

      Thanks Willy – yes, freedom is also a big driving force to me. Doing meaningful work, not just collecting a big paycheck, is also very important to me.

  12. Lorna M says:

    You said to just say “hi” so, “Hi Ted” – hope to meet you sometime

  13. Sketch says:

    Great video Ted! Going to go watch the next one now! Great for a lazy Saturday morning in Brussels!

  14. Kevin Lewis says:

    This is a great video Ted!

  15. Lori says:

    Great video Ted! And I love Pierre’s comment about “being able to talk business to business people”. As a cyber security geek who is also a business executive, I think this is one of the most important skills for infosec professionals. Your impact is limited without a thorough understanding of business.

  16. Arnold says:

    Great job – I love how you combined live video of yourself together with slides. I like the slides so I can read, but since I’ve never seen you speak in person I get a better feeling of who you are by seeing you live!
    I took an online (vLive) class with you once which Rocked, but no live video of you!

    • Ted Demopoulos says:

      Thanks Arnold – expect more live video from me in the future. Takes a a little bit of equipment to do it well, and I’m slowly putting together a little studio!

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