Ryan Elkins

Curious. Ambitious. Hacker.

Ryan has over 14 years of experience leading security programs across the financial, insurance, and pharmaceutical industries. Throughout his career, he has developed cloud and application security programs, managed a global security services center, performed security consulting, and has led a global information security program. Credentials aside, Elkins would self-describe as a curious, ambitious, and creative hacker.

Why Brevity In Motion?

First, if you are reading this, thank you for your support and being a part of this journey! The vision of Brevity In Motion is to build a comprehensive collection of security content, training, tools, and resources. A transparent location of notes, thoughts, scripts, accelerators, perspectives and nuggets of wisdom that I have gained along the way.

Anyone who has ever spoken with me in a professional capacity knows that I love information security. I am fortunate enough that it is both a career and a hobby.

I have been blessed to work and learn from many of the best in the industry. Many that I am proud to call friends. The opportunity to cross paths with so many brilliant minds is humbling. As I look back over my career, I wish that I had given more back. This is my attempt at paying it forward for the time, energy, and knowledge that mentors have invested into me. This is my channel to distribute and share knowledge beyond my coworkers and close peers and contribute back to the industry.

The intent of the project is three-fold:

  • Accelerators - To introduce a series of accelerators that can help security researchers and companies improve their information security capabilities.
  • Mentoring - To help you advance your career in information security; whether you are just getting started, trying to advance into a principal technical role, or even if you are working in a leadership capacity.
  • Collaboration - To learn from you, to establish more connections, to bounce ideas for feedback, and to help solve this challenge of security together.

Beyond fighting with my inner-self and that ever present imposter syndrome, knowing that every bit of information that I share may not be close to the wealth of knowledge that you have in this area, no longer will I let that restrain me. To anyone wondering, should they begin sharing their knowledge and content broader. The answer is absolutely yes. I want to learn from you. Very little of what I will share here is novel. It is a culmination of the greatest minds in the industry compiled together into my own world view (and creative flair). I would be far from where I am today if it were not for the knowledge, teaching, mentoring, and chances that people have taken on me.

I hope you challenge me to keep this project going. As with musicians, there are phases of creativity and outpouring during those times, there is an overflow to their listeners through songs, instrumentation, and lyrics; there are also phases of burnout, prioritization, and rest.

So this is me – honest and transparent – hoping that even if a piece of information can help you or bring you success, every bit of investment has been worth it. These views are my own and not reflective of my employer or any others surrounding me. However, my hope is that you can take bits of this knowledge, improve on them, constructively correct me when necessary, and use this content to drive your own success.

Success in security, hacking, and puzzles all require creativity, ambition, curiosity, and logic. Building a resilient defense is hard. Building an effective security program is exponentially harder.

Let's solve this together!

Contact info:

Twitter: @ryanelkins

Github: https://github.com/brevityinmotion

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryanfelkins/