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Oh it’s so good when things go right…

Life can be quite stressful when things get hard.  That’s common sense.  Life at an early stage startup, is frequently hard.  There’s so much going on, and everyone wears tons of hats, it can get chaotic.  Persistence gets us through.

Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.
Calvin Coolidge

There has to be a light at the end of the tunnel for me to keep going.  I need some reassurance every now and again that it’s worth it.

Today was a good day.   Features worked (duh) that were supposed to work, and it just gave me a little light of encouragement.


500k per year

I recently had a conversation with an old friend of mine. There were some awesome things about his job. He loved the day to day, hands on field work.
He didn’t love the office politics, lack of career growth, etc.

I asked him: “how can you make 500k / year in your field?”

What do you think. Is that a valid question? Is that a valid goal for everyone?

My intention was to inspire thought beyond the traditional career path in his field. Not to imply his field or career was bad/wrong.

Can you earn 500k a year using the skills and passions you have? Are you stuck at 35k/year? 100k/year?

Do you need to earn more to feel fulfilled?

I Spy on You

I spy on you, it’s my job.  

I build tools that monitor your computer network.  

They will get installed at your employer and because of that, we have 100% visibility into what you’re doing on your network…. and you should be glad!

Cybersecurity is a hard ‘thing’.   It’s a constant arms race for new exploits, new tool kits to take advantage of those exploits and new defenses on how to stop those exploits.  It’s not a new game, and the game will never go away.  The rules are pretty simple.   There are people out there who want to impact your computer network.  Then, there are people who try to defend your network.   Pretty straight forward eh?

The attackers have various reasons they want to attack.

  1. Personal education, figuring out how to break things
  2. Bragging rights, so they can seem cool in their dark circles
  3. Theft, stealing your personal/customer/employee data 
  4. Reward, getting paid to attack, corrupt, encrypt, etc

Why I need to Spy on You

In order to understand what’s going on, we need 100% visibility into a network.   We need to see how data flows.   Need to see how address lookup (DNS) works.  Need to see what web sites are visited, URLs and files are loaded.    Is your computer talking to a known bad web site?  A  known exploited file got downloaded?  We need to log everything.  It’s like CSI..   but network forensics.

…  just remember, I don’t care how much time you spend on Facebook.  I don’t care about your, eh, OTHER online browsing habits, as long as they don’t infect your computer!  



Career Goals: Long Long Term

An idea that really rings in my head is around long term planning.   The context I typically hear it is in when dealing with personal finances, but I think it applies to career goals as well.

Immature, and eventually/continually broke people constantly talk about how to spend their money.  “Thank God it’s Friday, Oh God it’s Monday”.    The check comes in, and it goes right back out.   All decisions are made for the short term.  How much payment on a car can I afford?  How much is my check this week so I can go out this weekend.

This type of thinking will kill any chance of long term wealth building….  but that’s not the point of this post.   The point is, it applies to your career, income, job, etc as well.

Most people I know think about their current job.  There are two sides to that..  how to do the best I can, and how can I get by without being two miserable.   (that’ll make for another blog post later).

The question that’s missed is “Will this job get me to the job I want in 5-10 years”

I’m constantly thinking about “What’s next”.   ( I hope Aharon doesn’t read this wrong, lol, I like him)

What’s your 5 – 10 year goal?   Are you actively working to get there?   Read books, meet people doing what you want to do, look into applicable education.

My career field is fantastic.  I’m very glad to enjoy what I do day to day.  I get to leverage computers to keep people safer.  I use lots of technology to monitor and protect your computer network and personal data.

10 years from now?

I’m a fan of work.   I’m a fan of flexibility.  In 10 years, I’ll own my own technology firm of some sort.  What kind of tech company, you ask?   That’s where I get stuck.  So many options, and I don’t know how to narrow it down yet.

  1. Continue to monitor the cybersecurity industry, and try to find a need to fill by building a product (or services company)
  2. Build a technology integration service.  Lots of R&D, making tools work together, after all, that’s my favorite thing to do
  3. General technology consulting.  Strategic consulting, not necessarily hourly contracting kind of thing.. but, who knows

Lots of ideas, lots of options.

What do you see me doing?   What do you see YOU doing?

(( Seriously, Aharon, I’m not going anywhere anytime soon ))

(( Fine, here, I’ll show my loyalty.. check out what we’re building at Perch Security!!! ))

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