Time for change and new challenges, a new chapter begins

Fyodor Dostoyevsky wrote “Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”

As InfoSec professionals taking a new step should be welcomed as potential for growth. We have plenty of opportunity ahead of us and many areas to excel and build better defenses in our profession. As individuals, focusing on what drives and makes us better needs to be a key area in personal development and we should not fear that as it will ultimately make us a better person.

This month I took a new step and decided to open a new chapter in my career. I am no longer affiliated with Digital Guardian and our journeys are parting ways. I wish Digital Guardian great success in its future endeavours and will continue to follow their progress.

So what’s next for me, I remain a strong advocate that we need to focus our security initiatives around critical assets. Threat actors today may come in various forms but ultimately, they all target an organisation’s critical assets and the end point remains a key stone to gaining access to them. It is my belief that we need to focus our security solutions and processes around protecting those critical assets as today’s IT/IS infrastructure is no longer bound by traditional boundaries. Security needs to be an enabler for users and business to be able to access information securely, on time, anytime and anywhere.

To that effect, I’ve decided to do some personal research around threat hunting, and DFIR (incident response for the laymen) focused on things like protecting critical assets not only from traditional threats but also legislation impact, such as the GDPR. I am also committed to continue supporting sharing in our community and enhancing the discussion thru personal speaking at conferences and making Security BSides London 2018 a success.

I am NOT ruling out discussions with potential future employers so if you’d like to reach out about career opportunities; feel free to do so. My LinkedIn profile is up to date.

A final thought, Frank Herbert wroteWithout change something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.”… This sleeper has decided to wake up

Principal security engineer & threat researcher providing information security engineering & incident response leadership. Spending my time researching threats!

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