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What would you like to do?
7 minute interviews - by 7 Minute Security

7 minute interviews? What's that?

It's a new (and hopefully fun) interview format I want to engage in with members of the information security community on the 7 Minute Security podcast.

Wait wait wait. Who are you? What's this all about?

I'm Brian from 7 Minute Security, LLC and I've been having a blast doing some longer-form interviews with security folks, but I thought it would be fun to do a shorter-form outline where I ask 7 questions (ok, maybe a few more than 7...but I like lucky numbers). Some questions will be serious. Others will not.

Ok I'll bite. What kind of questions would you ask in this 7-minute interview?

Check these out:

"Serious" questions

  • Please share your name, location and your role in the wonderful world of infosec? (company/affiliation name optional)

  • If you could wave a magic wand and solve one single problem plaguing a company's security efforts, what would it be and why?

  • What basic security effort are organizations failing at that could be addressed without a crazy amount of effort or dollars?

  • How do you stay on top of all the cool new blogs/tools/scripts/tricks etc. that seem to come out every 2 seconds?

  • How to you unplug from the constant 24/7 infosec FUD cycle?

  • What advice do you give to people either fresh out of cybersecurity schooling, or doing something totally different than infosec but they want to break into it?

  • If you weren't doing security for a career and money was no object, what would you be doing?

  • True or false: if I could do my whole career over again, I'd still want to end up in security.

  • If you could go back to your teenage self and give yourself ONE piece of advice to help you succeed in your career and/or life, what would it be?

  • Do you have any tips for helping people maintain a better work/life balance?

  • What do you do in your spare time outside of cybersecurity?

Silly/optional/fun questions

  • What movie or movie character most closely resembles your life?

  • If you had to wear one t-shirt for the rest of your life and it could have any text, pattern, color, design, etc. what would it be and why?

  • Would you rather have a belly button that could dispense ketchup or fingers that could dispense hot dogs? Note: the hotdogs would be lukewarm.

  • Nicolas Cage, President Trump and Katy Perry. You need to hug one, do a 17 hour road trip with one, and be a personal information security consultant for the other. Who do you pick for each one, and why?

The following came from Mantelligence:

  • Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck?

  • Would you rather begin every sentence With “Hey idiot” or end every sentence with "Ha ha, oh my gosh I was just kidding!”

  • Would you rather be a giant hamster or a tiny rhinoceros?

  • Would you rather be a tree or have to live in a tree for the rest of your life?

  • Would you rather have no elbows, or no knees?

  • Would you rather have to use eyedrops made of vinegar, or TP made of sandpaper?

  • Would you rather have a freakishly large smile or freakishly small nose?

Who is on your interview "wish list?"

Well, I started the list below as a comprehensive collection based on ideas from me, friends and coworkers as well as the 7MS Slack community.

I've already interviewed...

I'd like to interview...

How/where are you conducting these interviews?

Skype. I might also be able to record a cell phone call but I think the quality would be less than ideal.

Shut up and take my interest. How can I get in touch?

Know somebody below that you think would be a great interview? Leave a comment below, ping me on Slack or contact me another way and lets talk!

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