Introducing CorkSec – A Monthly Security Meetup

Michelle Grant 17.07.2018

Learn more about CorkSec, a monthly meetup for anybody in the Munster region interested in the Information Security sector.


As some of you may know I’ve been specialising in Java and QA recruitment for nearly four years now. About 7 months ago, I decided to research high growth areas of the technology market I could expand into and one specialist area kept popping up; IT Security.


When it came to IT Security in Cork, I was literally starting from scratch - a blank canvas of sorts. It’s been a steep but really interesting learning curve and one I’m loving every minute of. I’m no tech expert yet, but I have definitely got my head around a number of key areas. Luckily, the IT Security market is booming in Cork so I get to work on a wide variety of really interesting roles and talk to some of the industry's key players on a daily basis.


As part of my cyber education, I went to my first CorkSec meeting last night where I understood a solid 50% of what was being said! I was a little daunted walking over but I had no reason to be as everyone there was so friendly and welcoming. It’s a great place to learn about IT Security and it's open to anyone from any background with any level of knowledge. Below is a brief intro, so if you are interested in coming along then sign up and look out for the confused looking blonde there next month!


Simply put CorkSec is a monthly meetup (running since 2013) for anybody interested in Information Security in the Munster region (primarily Cork). Regardless of whether you identify yourself as an InfoSec Professional, a Hacker, a Researcher, a Student or just someone with an interest in breaking things to see how they work / stopping people breaking things to see how they work - all are welcome, and please invite your like-minded friends. CorkSec is modelled on the idea of a DefCon Group - In fact it has got an official Defcon Group code of DC021353.


The ideas behind a Defcon Group embodied a lot of what we want to achieve with CorkSec:

- Meetings are open to anyone, regardless of their skill, age, job, gender, etc
- Meetings are designed to help you learn new things, meet new people, mentor others in areas you may be strong in, and provide some cohesion within the security/hacker culture and it's members
- Each meeting will have 1-2 technical talks given by local members of the Cork security/hacker community with occasional guest speakers.

In particular we'd like to draw attention to Defcon FAQs answer for "Is this a Hacker Meeting?":


No, this is something better. Anything with the "hacker" label on it tends attract only one kind of person. This meeting is designed to attract not only hackers but members of the InfoSec community and people who want to learn more about InfoSec but do not consider themselves hackers. The purpose here is to interact with people who may have different backgrounds but share the same passion for technology. Many security people feel that hackers are nothing but trouble and many hackers feel that security people are clueless. Those generalizations are often made in error and we'd like to bring all techno-dweebs back under a single umbrella.


Lastly - be sure to subscribe to emails from the group. There is maybe 1 a week max, but we also share out info of new Security roles or events in the Munster region. You can also contact us on defconcork@gmail.com


So come on down and enjoy!
 

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Senior Consultant | IT Recruitment
mgrant@morganmckinley.ie

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