annie2Victory 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 part of my journey.  Born out of my passion for writing, love of technology and insatiable need to know how things work.

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.

Web Development, Cloud Computing, Blockchain, Social Engineering, and the INTs, in addition to the processes of incident response, 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, CCNA and my AWS Certified Solutions Architect Associate.

My next series of certificates will include the CSA+ and the OSCP.

I built a virtual lab consisting of 12 Operating Systems including-Kali Linux, UbuntuLinux Mint, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Windows Server 8 & 12 to name a few. One of my favorite tools in my toolbox is the Metasploit Framework.

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.

What I have learned about myself over this past three and half year journey is that as much as I love to build things, it’s so much more fun to break them. 

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.

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