Trey Ford, the former General Manager of the Black Hat security conference, found himself on the hunt for a new job earlier this year, after the conference restructured and eliminated his position.
However, instead of focusing on his needs alone, he turned the tables on the typical job hunt. While searching for next chapter in his professional life, Ford used his knowledge of job openings and opportunities (as well as his personal connections), to help others who happened to be on the hunt find a new home. It's a selfless act, but it wasn't all that unexpected, given that Ford has spent years supporting the InfoSec community and the people in it.
Now, Ford himself has found a new home. He has taken on the role of Global Security Strategist at Rapid7, a position that will enable him to build bridges and help enable security researchers.
In a blog post, due within the hour on Rapid7's community portal, Ford offered these thoughts:
"I sought a place that would feel like home, where we share a passion and mission. Black Hat gave me the honor and privilege of working closely with security researchers, and I wanted my next role to take this line of work to another level...
"...I will be jumping in to help build the educational piece. Shedding light on security trends, news, and research to help those potentially affected understand the implications. I will be working closely with the researchers internally to get the word out about their work.
"I also want to work closely with external researchers and community members. We believe that collaboration across the security industry is critical to drive security into the broader community and higher up the priority list for both individuals and organizations. Security research is crucial, and we want to make sure that people understand why, and value, and act on the information they are receiving."
Noting that he is thankful to Rapid7 for offering him a chance to continue to serve the InfoSec community, Ford encouraged everyone to come to him with ideas, and to point out things that need attention.
"It may not be my fault, but it will become my problem. I believe what we do as a community is important. I believe what we are building as an industry matters," his post concluded.