Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Phishing for Men (and Women)

Those that know me well know there are three things I put most of my energy into: my faith, my family, and security. When something comes along that involves two of those interests, so much the better.


For the last year and a half, I have been involved in an organization known as HackFormers. HackFormers was founded by several Austinites who shared two passions: a passion for hacking (in the sense of finding, fixing, and defending against security flaws), and a passion for Jesus Christ. Its vision is to teach security principles, and then to show faith principles that go hand-in-hand with security. I gave a presentation at the August chapter meeting. It is in that context that I write today.



Tuesday, August 26, 2014

11 cyber security tips for back to school

The end of summer is here. That means the end of swimming, watermelon, ice cream ... wait a minute, this is Texas. We still have 8 more weeks of warm weather! What is does mean though is the end of summer vacation and a return to the school-year routine for millions of students. Some students that 3 months ago were graduating seniors are now adjusting to life on their own as either newly-inducted members of the adult workforce or as beginning college or vocational school students. For others this may be their first taste of primary education. They share one thing in common though: they are growing up (or have grown up) in a world where connectedness is a given.

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.