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:
- BSidesDC talk is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDDCl_VQx7k and embedded 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.
- Dr. Pauline Clance (one of the original people that described Imposter Phenomenon) – http://paulineroseclance.com/impostor_phenomenon.html
- Nickolas Means’ RailsConf 2014 talk – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_Vqp1dPuPo
- https://www.apa.org/monitor/2021/06/cover-impostor-phenomenon (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.