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Sep 19, 2020 6 tweets 5 min read Read on X
You know what's in store for #cybersecurity when "in person" conferences finally restart?

It ain't "networking"

Many of you will form #cliques based on your vehement political beliefs, NOT your cybersecurity beliefs

Our industry will be all the less for it. What a shame!
I've bitched since 2009 (see below) about #influencers¹ who CANNOT stop talking about their airline woes, and why we must vote for their politician, and etc.

How DARE you force #infosec newbies to follow "the whole you"!

¹ Not #ThoughtLeaders
I'm NOT alone in this belief. Newbies occasionally speak up to tell #influencers "I followed you for your expertise, why did you stop?"

You want to tweet? That's your right.

You want to be an #infosec influencer? That's a privilege.

Time for you to #ShitOrGetOffThePot!
I QT'd @AndyGreenPhD at the start of my tirade because I feel he's open-minded enough to know we'll seek each other's knowledge & insights at a #cybersecurity shindig regardless our political views

I can't say the same about certain other #influencers. What a shame!
My tolerance for the gamut of political beliefs ends where #InhumaneActions begin so don't go accusing me of tolerating rabid racists | pedophiles | sexual predators | etc. whose activities #infect the very core of #cybersecurity conferences
6/4 h/t to @itatiVCS for this complaint about IDIOTS who would limit an #influencer's RELEVANT tweets

If you face misogyny & racism in your field of study, or if you've got a RAPE problem in your field's conferences--

--then it's RELEVANT! Tweet it!

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