Victory comes from finding opportunities in problems–Sun Tzu
My grandfather used to say that ‘the mediocre person gives up at the first obstacle, while the extraordinary person realizes each obstacle is part of the journey.’
Hacking the Human is the next step in my journey. Born out of my passion for writing and love of technology.
My background includes being a Senior Trader, a Bond Analyst SME, an Investment Analyst and Consultant, Economic Policy Speech Writer and recently as a Full Stack Developer, Web Application Security Tester, and InfoSec/CyberSec blogger.
Cloud Computing, Bitcoin, Blockchain, Social Engineering, the INTs, in addition to the processes of incident response and handling, and penetration testing resonated with my love of hands-on technology.
I traded in my Series 7, 65 and 63 for my first round of InfoSec Certificates-Security+, ISC2 Associate, and CCNA. My next series of certificates will include the AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate, CSA+, CCNA Cyber Ops, C|EH, GWAPT, and the GCIH.
I built a virtual lab consisting of 12 Operating Systems including-Kali Linux, Ubuntu, Linux Mint, CentOS, OpenSUSE, and Windows Server 8 & 12 to name a few.
Started the blog “Hacking the Human,” and attend security-related hands-on training seminars and capture the flag (CTF) events.
I started my own consulting business
- Designing custom, dynamic, and responsive websites using HTML5, CSS 3, jQuery, Bootstrap, JAVA and Ajax.
- Utilizing Django/Python, for start-ups looking for a rapid development with a clean, pragmatic design.
- Back-End programming includes PHP, MySQL, and WordPress.
- Testing web applications using open source security testing tools-ZAP (Zed Attack Proxy), Wapiti, W3af, WFuzz, Web goat, and Hackme casino.
- Design and set-up small office/home networks.
In my free time, I love to race sailboats, I am working on my pilot’s license and I love to build and program robots. My Guinness, Bourbon and Baileys Irish Cream cupcakes have been known to make grown men cry, and I am an all around huge geek when it comes to technology and astronomy.
One of my best memories is Captaining a crew of 5 at a Frost Bite Race, (winter sailing) during a major snow storm in Boston. There is nothing better than a group of people overcoming obstacles, coming together, and making great things happen. We made it back safely, placed third and celebrated with a bottle of Macallan’s 25-year-old Scotch, no glasses needed.
To be truly successful in life you need to have strong ethics, be adaptable, have unbridled curiosity, a passion for problem-solving, confidence in yourself, and a clear understanding of today’s risks; Always follow-through on commitments and never give up, never stop learning, and never stop growing.
Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility. Stop. Think. Connect.