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Career Spotlight: Tanya Janca on Public Speaking, Mentoring and Women in InfoSec

Posted by Annabel Steele on Mar 30, 2021 11:31:00 AM

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

By Annabel Steele, Fuel HQ

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Tanya Janca gazed out over the sea of expectant faces, her heart thumping so loudly she thought they could all probably hear it too. For a moment, she had one abstract, panicked thought:

Can you die of public speaking? Is that possible?!

But she took a deep breath and launched into her talk.

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Topics: Tanya Janca, InfoSec, Information Security

SOC 2 Audits Can Boost Security — and Sales

Posted by Annabel Steele on Jan 29, 2021 12:45:42 PM

Friday, January 29, 2021

By Annabel Steele, Fuel HQ

AJ Headshot2Everything was going well for AJ Yawn, but he couldn’t shake the feeling that he could be doing better.

Yawn has a bachelor’s degree in social science from Florida State University (where he played on the men’s basketball team) and a master’s degree in technology management from Georgetown University. He had spent five years in the U.S. Army, ascending to the rank of Captain. After leaving the Army, he was working in the cybersecurity field as an auditor, performing SOC 2 examinations and ensuring people’s cloud environments were meeting SOC 2 requirements. He was doing better than he had done in any previous position, and putting himself in a good financial situation. In spite of all that, Yawn felt like he could be doing more.

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Topics: AJ Yawn, audits, SOC 2, security framework

Career Spotlight: From Comic Books to InfoSec

Posted by Annabel Steele on Dec 22, 2020 9:25:53 AM

Monday, December 21, 2020

By Annabel Steele, Fuel HQ

Jason Blanchard LinkedIn picJason Blanchard’s path to the information security (InfoSec) field began in an unlikely spot: Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Stationed there as a combat cameraman, Blanchard’s job was to create content and videos for the military. Fort Knox is where tank operators are trained, so Blanchard was not lacking for interesting footage. When the time came to make the next step in his career, Blanchard left the military and went to film school at Full Sail University in Florida. With six years of filmmaking experience under his belt when he arrived, Blanchard quickly earned a new title: teacher.

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Topics: Career paths, career advice, cybersecurity careers, hacking

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