Thursday, November 24, 2016


"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly”


Thankful for so many things. . .

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Yes, I Have In Fact Resigned from SHI. . .

Just a quick post to address some rumors, now that I'm back from closing out my final services project.

I am leaving SHI at the end of November to pursue a Security Services role with Avanade. This decision was made several weeks ago. Kept quiet only as so it would not be distracting to a handful of open customer facing engagements. But it is official.

When I started all those days, months, and years ago, I was very excited for the opportunity to contribute to the SHI Security Practice and what the team was trying to do. My role was intended to be that of DLP pre- and post-sales delivery architect. A position, admittedly, I was never able to actually do given various marketspace realities mixed with the inherent internal challenges typical of any Organization.

But those hurdles made the position, in fact, better. A well diverse team of Security Peers along with frequent pivots in direction allowed me to evolve my skillsets. Kept me interested. Kept me busy. Kept me growing. Made me a far more seasoned security and privacy nerd leaving the building than thought I would ever be when I came in. For that I am deeply thankful.

This moment, this day, however, it's time to move on to something different. My new Avanade role is that. With my new team, I'll be focused on aiding sales and pre-sales efforts regarding all things security. I'll be collaborating with customers and internal sales teams to help craft security services messaging, proposal responses, and deal solutioning of enterprise engagements. And all in all, just being a 'trusted advisor' to whoever has a security and privacy challenge, question, or concern.

I've never ever wanted to be the smartest guy in any building. Just be a member of a smart team doing smart security. And I will continue to enjoy that benefit in my new role.

It's also important to note I neither went looking for this opening nor made my decision in response to any particular circumstance or frustration. Avanade approached me directly, and I responded in courtesy. We talked in depth about their goals and vision. And as we did, it became very apparent very quickly this was something I needed to give serious consideration.

The rest is what it is. And I feel as I am leaving SHI in the positive way I always intended.

As always, if you want to keep in touch – I would welcome it.

The best way to do it (other than email) is via Facebook or LinkedIn depending on your pleasure. I still like to keep things simple, so the below links will forward to the full profile pages.

For Facebook –
For LinkedIn –

I’m elsewhere, too if you want to find me on other sites – but primarily in these. (Everyplace else simply syncs the info down in one way or another).

My cel phone number will also remain the same if you care to call or text.

For those waiting for LinkedIn Recommendations -- I know I’m behind in pending requests. Sorry. Time continues to be getting away from me the last few weeks as I work towards the smooth turnover of everything. I’ll be catching up on those queued in the next few days through the holiday week and next month once I get settled into my new role. If you want to be added to the list, just send me a request through the site. And if you want to submit one for me, I certainly won’t complain.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. All updates will also be posted out here @

Goodbye and take care


Back from Arkansas, presenting HIPAA security program and policy remediation recommendations on my final SHI customer engagement -- returning to regularly scheduled programming, already in progress. . .

Wednesday, November 16, 2016


Dumbfounded that with as much actual news easily available and just as much confirmable -- that sooooo many people still believe they still need forward the made up crap to further their political viewpoint.

Seriously. It's all out there. All ready to consume and debate. There's really no need to make up squat.

Please stop -- you're better than that.

Sunday, November 13, 2016


Holy crackers does this country collectively need anger management therapy.

Not because of the last 8 days. Not because of the 8 years that came before. Not because of the 80 years that came before that.

But because there are too damn many people on both sides of political argument too damn willing to say anything about the other just so they can take advantage of the anger for their own benefit -- and with zero regard for the world they're burning down along the way.

And as long as that's happening -- we all lose.

Friday, November 11, 2016


Taking a moment to remember the meaning of this day. . .


Those who don't want to be judged by their words and actions should probably consider different choices regarding what they say and do. . .

Wednesday, November 9, 2016


(To the random support team I just spoke with)

I appreciate your quick service when I had to call in so you could manually make the needed minor tweak.

But claiming that my call in was necessary 'for security reasons' in one breath -- while not doing anything to remotely validate my identity before executing this account impacting change -- you're very much doing it oh so wrong.

Random Election Turnout Observations

Whatever you might think about last night's results, if you still believe that your vote does not count -- you're high on the crack. So many key deciding states were closed with a percent or less of the vote.
New Hampshire -- 1,437 +/- (.2%)
Pennsylvania -- 68,236 +/- (.8%)
Michigan -- 12,686 +/- (.3%)
Wisconsin -- 27,359 +/- (1%)

And still others closed with a difference no more than three percent. That's amazing and telling and probably any other descriptor that can be applied.

But for all the long lines and high early voter turnout -- overall turnout still, well, sucked so much Nationwide.
2016 Nationwide Counts
(Of the 231,556,662 +/- eligible registered voters)
25.6% +/- voted for Hillary Clinton
25.5% +/- voted for Donald Trump
2% +/- voted for various Third Parties
53.1% +/- voter turnout
46.9% +/- didn't vote

Compared to 2012, turnout was down from 57.5% +/-
(which itself was down from 62.3% +/- turnout in 2008)

(All 2016 totals using current counts and figures that will probably change slightly as finals are published)

This election was clearly about many things to many people (none of which I want to argue or litigate or trivialize).

But those who chose to stand up and have a voice over those who stayed home, ruled the day just as much as anything else. "Decisions are made by those who show up" as the well used quote goes. And that reality should must be understood by all who won or lost on this night.

And if you chose to do that the later -- I continue to maintain you willingly gave up your right to complain on facebook and twitter about the result for the next four years.


It is, in every sense, a brand new day. . .

Tuesday, November 8, 2016


When I said last week that the Cubs game7 was preparing me for election night -- It was a joke, not a challenge. . .

Monday, November 7, 2016


Never ever once in my life have wished people would just spend the day posting photos of their cats and their kids and their kids playing with their cats on Facebook and Twitter

Until today (and undoubtedly tomorrow)


Must not engage those today who clearly have not done a simple 5 sec google search before reposting propaganda simply because it's aligned with their beliefs vs. actual validatable facts. . .



Holy crackers. . .only 48 hours and this chapter of absurdity will (hopefully) be over. . .

Sunday, November 6, 2016


My coordination can come back anytime now. . . no questions asked. . .

Wednesday, November 2, 2016


Not for nothing -- but winning in the 10th inning of game 7, after giving up several leads, and after being down and nearly out and having to win the last 3 games or go home. . . seems very very VERY fitting for a Chicago Cubs World Series Championship. . . #FlyTheW


And Now Game 7. . . Go Cubs Go. . .

Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Back from jury duty -- returning to regularly scheduled programming, already in progress. . .