Chapter 4.9

User Group Support (Founding, Attending, Volunteering, Running, Leading)

Abstract

By being part of a user group, individuals are able to learn from the community, contribute to the community, and network with peers in the area. As a leader, such as group officer, or volunteer, managing some facet of the group, you are able to develop skills beyond the focus of the group itself.

Keywords

user groups
volunteering
information security
careers
support

Introduction

“80 percent of life is showing up.”

— Woody Allen

Information security user groups vary a lot, but most are volunteer-run and semi-formal, and meet monthly at a fixed time and place to study some part of information technology. They can be exactly like other community groups, ...

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