Deadwood 2020 (Virtual Con)
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Friday, September 25 • 1:00pm - 1:50pm
The Secret Thoughts of a Successful Hacker

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Exploring Impostor Syndrome and Pluralistic Ignorance in Pentesting
“What if they find out I’m not as smart as they think I am?”“If I can do it, anyone can do it.”
“I can’t pull this off?  Who am I kidding?”
“Lucky me, I was in the right place at the right time.”
Have you ever asked yourself these types of questions? Studies suggest that more than 70% of people experience the impostor syndrome phenomenon at some point in their career, no matter what field they are in. Impostor syndrome combined with pluralistic ignorance can be catastrophic. Pluralistic ignorance can be described as “no one believes, but everyone thinks that everyone else believes”. Together it can make you feel like you are constantly privately rejecting the norm, but publicly go along with it. You have mistakenly assumed everyone else accepts it because they are smarter/faster/better than you are.
This talk will help you identify those thought patterns that undermine your ability to feel as capable as others know you are and take ownership of your well deserved success.  Being proactive, asking the right questions, and once you know there is a problem, start working on the solution.

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Nadean Tanner

When my 7 year old introduced me to his second grade class, he put it best: "My Mom teaches the good guys how to keep the bad guys out of their computers. She has a blue light saber."I have been in the technology industry for over 17 years in a variety of positions from marketing... Read More →

Friday September 25, 2020 1:00pm - 1:50pm MDT
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