Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Introduction

My name is Ken, and I am an Information Security Analyst for a large financial institution. I have been involved with IT for the last 7 years, starting with help desk support and slowly moving into IT Security. I graduated with a BS in Information Systems Security from ITT-Tech in 2007, looking to pursue my masters in Information Assuruance with an emphisis in Digital Forensics and Cryptography in the near future.

My current responsibilities is permiter security, vulnerability/patch research, and alert watching through our SIEM. Sprinkle a little bit of Sharepoint support, java scripts, VB Application Development, Perl scripting, and learning everything I can in InfoSec and Forensics.

Before IT I was doing Lighting and Sound at a theatre. When they decided to shut down for a year I decided it was time to go back to school, started with an idea to go into programming, until I took my first C+ class, that semester I also had my first introduction with linux, realized that programming was not my forte and that I enjoyed learning what he did with linux.

I have a solid understanding of where I want to be in the next 5 years in my professional development, although I do have the tendencies to procrastinate. I have learned recently that in order to make my future what I want it to be, then I must make tactical decisions to position myself for future growth and development, without those tactical decisions my future will be nothing more then an unattainable possibility.

Outside of work, I try to spend my down time with my family and friends. This includes weekend board games, Xbox Games, Role Playing Games, or just getting away for dinner and time alone with my wonderful wife. On the rare occassion I will actually pick up something and start or try and finish reading it. 


My Current reading list includes:
   Extrusion Detection (Bejtlich)
   Tao Security (Bejtlich)
   Intrusion Signature & Analysis (Sans)
   Learning Perl (Schwartz)
   Wi-Foo
   Maus

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