Kat Sweet

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Guest Writings

"The Only Winning Move Is to Hack: Playing Capture the Flag to Learn Security", The Recompiler, Issue 3

"We're Not Second-Class Students", Medium on behalf of the Anita Borg Institute


How to Build, Measure, and Scale Your Security Engagement Program, on behalf of Duo Security

Infosec Unlocked panel on CFPs

Podcasts and interviewS

Working on a Corporate Security Team at Duo, CyberSecJobs

7 Surprising Ways People Became Infosec Professionals, Hacker Noon

CFP Success (Episode 30), Advanced Persistent Security podcast

"Women in Information Security: Kat Sweet", The State of Security (Tripwire)

The Recompiler podcast, episode 6

Conference Presentations

"Talky Horror Picture Show: Overcoming CFP Fears" 

CircleCityCon, June 10, 2017


I see you shiver with anticipation. For those who have never submitted a talk to an infosec conference, the process can seem nebulous and overwhelming. Fear is driven by uncertainty, so let's combat that fear with facts. Come hear a reviewer break down what the CFP process actually entails, including what goes on behind the scenes once you've hit "submit". You'll also learn about resources to help you along the way. Performing a risk analysis of every step of the CFP lifecycle - from developing your initial idea, to writing and submitting a talk proposal, to preparing to speak once you've been accepted - we'll see that the downsides are minimal and the benefits are numerous.

As a certain mad scientist put it: "Don't dream it. Be it."


"Parlaying Education and Experience into an Infosec Career" (Panel)

BSides NoVA, February 25, 2017


A group of former students, current students, educators and seasoned infosec professionals discuss how to bridge the educational gaps whether starting out in infosec or pivoting into a new infosec specialization. We will touch on resources that current students can leverage, the transition into working in infosec, and ways that the infosec industry can help foster new practitioners. Additionally, we will shortly explain the paths we took and how we dealt with the obstacles we faced. We then evaluate these problems to find room for improvement in the industry and give our perspective on what either side could do to make the transition more seamless.


"Hacking Our Way Into Hacking"

CircleCityCon, June 12, 2016

CypherCon, March 11, 2016: Unrecorded

BSides Las Vegas, August 4, 2015: Unrecorded


It may seem like everyone in infosec has always been a hacker. However, many of us have come to hacking from other industries, and as we make our way through the infosec community it’s often hard to find others like us. This is a conversation for every hacker who started as a mechanic, a kindergarten teacher, or a gender studies major: let’s talk about where we came from, how we got here, how we leverage the skills from our previous careers, and some of the unique challenges we’ve come across as hackers with “past lives”.


"I Amateur Radio (And So Can You!)"

DEF CON Wireless Village, August 5, 2016

BSides Las Vegas, August 4, 2015

CircleCityCon, June 13, 2015

BSides Indy, February 21, 2015: Unrecorded


Ham radio: it’s the 100 year-old technology that refuses to die. Whether you’re a wireless enthusiast, electronics tinkerer, or just someone who wants to be able to communicate during the zombie apocalypse, having a ham radio license can open a new world of possibilities for any hacker. Come learn how and where to get your license, what you can expect to study, how you can work radio into your everyday hacking, and anything else you ever wanted to know about ham radio but were afraid to ask.