Thursday, June 2, 2011

Don’t let your kids read this post!

I received a forwarded email this week, warning parents of a book supposedly pushed by Oprah, marketed through Scholastic Book Club, and otherwise targeted at kids. The book supposedly had been condemned by at least one well-known and well-respected Christian pastor. The book is written as a friendly dialogue between an inquisitive soul and God Himself, with God giving very politically-correct (and unbiblical) answers to questions on such topics as sin, homosexuality, marriage, etc.

I had seen this particular email a few years ago – and yet it still claimed to be new and urgent. One fault of emailed rumors is there is frequently no "timestamp" - something said to have occurred "last week" might have been years (or even decades) in the past. I have occasionally seen emailed requests to contact my congressmen about a petition to ban all religious programming on television and radio, a petition that was taken out of context – and that was turned down in 1975!

Whois David?

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I have spent the better part of two decades in information technology and security, with roots in application developer support, system administration, and network security. My specialty is cyber threat intelligence - software vulnerabilities and patching, malware, social networking risks, etc. In particular, I strive to write about complex cyber topics in a way that can be understood by those outside the infosec industry.

Why do I do this? A common comment I get from friends and family is that complex security topics give them headaches. They want to know in simple terms how to stay safe in a connected world. Folks like me and my peers have chosen to make a profession out of hacking and defending. I've been doing this for the better part of two decades, and so have a high degree of knowledge in the field. Others have chosen different paths - paths where I would be lost. This is my effort to share my knowledge with those that are experts in something else.

When not in front of a digital screen, I spend my time raising five rambunctious teens and pre-teens - including two sets of twins. Our family enjoys archery, raising show and meat rabbits, and simply enjoying life in the Texas hill country.

For a decade I served as either Commander or a division leader for the Awana Club in Dripping Springs, Texas; while I have retired from that role I continue to have a passion for children's ministry. At the moment I teach 1st through 3rd grade Sunday School. Follow FBC Dripping Springs Kids to see what is going on in our children's ministries.