Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Infosec Community Support

This is a non-technical post and doesn't have anything to do with security (other than the people involved).  Last night I got off the plane in SLC to speak at the Paraben Forensics Conference.  My twitter feed was blowing up with the hashtag #ada.  A great guy in the infosec community, @erratadave, was losing a family member to a long fight with kidney failure.  She's only four years old.  Her remaining kidney finally kicked out and they didn't expect her to make it through the night.  She apparently wanted to see her name in lights, trending on twitter. 

To see the outpouring of support from the infosec community, check this twitter link.  The outpouring was unreal. I couldn't believe how many people, and how many big names (Dan Kaminsky, RSA, etc.) came through and tweeted out support for this little girl.  I don't think the tag ever trended, but the support was absolutely inspiring.

Seeing this level of support was just awesome.  If you are part of this community, give yourself a pat on the back. We may have our disagreements, but we do a great job of supporting when it's really on the line.  If you're successful in this field, you're probably a type A+ personality.  I'm not proud of it, but I've sacrificed family time for work too many times to remember.  So take a minute today (if you happen to actually be at home) and hug your spouse, your kids. Tell them how much you appreciate their support.  Thanks for being a part of this community. You make it great.

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