Whenever you enter a new community, the hardest part is always finding your way around and making friends. With InfoSec, it’s analogous to being dropp [See the full article at: From Dev to Infosec – Making Friends]
I have had some similar experiences to the ones you describe in your article. I am obviously a little more open then your average InfoSec guy, but I have also found that InfoSec people generally want to help, and your description of the mentor relationship is right on.
You are very insightful. I think your final comments about the correlative effects of demonstrating respect, support and caring for the community can be widely applied, but are particularly true in InfoSec.
Keep up the good work. I look forward to your next article.