Imposter Feelings Resources

Link to my 2017 Imposter Feelings talk

In 2017, I gave a talk called “Imposter Syndrome: I Don’t Feel Like Who You Think I Am.” at the BSidesDC conference. Link to the video is below:

The BSidesDC talk’s abstract is below:

Several years ago I was walking back to my hotel after a day’s worth of DerbyCon talks and it hit me all at once. “I’m an infosec fraud. I’m not finding 0-day exploits. I’m not hacking cars or Internets of Things and I don’t know PowerShell. I don’t belong in infosec.” It was a hard revelation to grasp because I loved infosec and the people in it. But that was my “truth” back then and I went home and looked for jobs outside of the computer industry. What I didn’t know at that time was that these feelings were normal, showed I was learning and growing and that they also had a name: Imposter Syndrome. Does this sound like someone you know? If so, come join me and learn not only about “Imposter Syndrome” but how I am dealing with it and how you and your colleagues can too.


I wanted to provide some imposter feelings resources that I found helpful. They are in no specific order and if you know of other resources I should add, please let me know.

  1. Dr. Pauline Clance (one of the original people that described Imposter Phenomenon) –
  9. Nickolas Means’ RailsConf 2014 talk –
  11. (Thanks BlackLabsSecure)

Imposter Feelings Graphic

Here is a graphic that captures the perspective that many people with Imposter Feelings have when examining their skills and abilities in comparison to other’s.

Imposter feelings graphic
Graphic showing perspectives of people with Imposter syndrome and feelings.

Comments are closed.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: