First Post! Who, What and Why

Who am I?

I’m a long-time Network Engineer with experience in Enterprise network engineering and Operations, Development (mainly R, C and C++), and Security. My interests range from CompSci to Psychology to AI. Full disclosure – I’m currently a Pre-Sales Technical Solutions Architect at Cisco focused on Cybersecurity. However, the opinions expressed in this blog are my own views and not those of Cisco.

What is this blog about?

In this blog I will generally write about cybersecurity from a network engineers perspective, general security news, privacy, and musings on coding, maths and AI. Outside of my day job, I’m particularity interested in the study of systems – specifically the mathematics of stochastic processes and near-chaotic systems. What does this have to do with networking and security? The systems we live and work with are simple on the surface, but amazingly complex under-the-hood. That complexity involves a myriad of protocol interactions and a great chance for unexpected behaviors – even systems that are “working” can have serious issues lurking and be just a nudge away from collapse. (If you’re in NetOps and get THAT call at 0200, and no one can figure out was is wrong – you know exactly what I mean.) These issues combine to create an ever-increasing attack surface and possible areas for an attacker to exploit.

Why am I starting?

I’ve always enjoyed teaching and see this as a useful way to convey my thoughts and engage the larger networking, security and tech communities. I’m also preparing to tackle several certification exams this year, so I may also document some of my lab adventures here as well.

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