Here is my very first video cast/log. Whatever. It’s a video of pictures with me talking. 🙂 Hope you enjoy. The transcript is below the video.

Welcome to “In yer tubez”. I am Ben Ten and this is the very first episode.

Ah April! For most people it marks the beginning of a new season. The sun shines a bit more, the grass turns green again, and the temperatures finally inch their way toward warmth. Eh, who am I kidding. This is Chicago. It’s still freezing outside!

April does bring some warmth and fuzziness for me though, because I get to work with some of the most amazing and dynamic people in the security community. BSides Chicago is coming up in a little over 3 weeks! Let me tell you, for those organizing and volunteering for this event, April is crazy!

There is a lot that goes into trying to coordinate this event for over 200 people. Yet throughout all of the craziness, one thing is evident. The people who volunteer to make this event happen are extremely giving of their talents. People don’t just volunteer to fill a spot. They volunteer to give 110% of their ability to this event.

The people I have met who volunteer at conventions are some of the nicest and most respectful people I know in the security community. They don’t have to be rockstar. Some are just the local IT admin for their company. Yet, I consider myself fortunate to be around such a great group of people.

I say all of this to encourage anyone who is new to the security community to volunteer! It’s an amazing way to establish a network of peers, learn new things, bounce ideas off others, and to really ‘break-in’ to the community.

Don’t worry about trying to impress people with your ability, technical experience, or use of cyber buzzwords. Just show up and be willing to help out. You’ll be amazed at how many people you will meet and how quickly people begin to get to know you. Not to mention, that it is really a lot of fun to help out.

So, what are you waiting for, find a local BSides or security event and volunteer. Even if it’s just the task of checking badges at the door. It’s a fantastic way to get started in this community. You can check out some of the events listed at or check out that has a huge database of events.

That’s it for this episode. Hopefully we’ll see you at BSides Chicago on April 27, 2013. In the meantime, remember that the most successful way to inspire change is to begin with a change in your own. We’ll see you next time!

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