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1/ I have been running startups and out of managing IT projects for about 5 years. Dove back in last week and it is like nothing has changed except the faces and place. Security architect is a different lens, but good IT hygeine is good security hygeine.
2/ This position would have been a big step up for me and might have been out of my depth the last time I was working on similar projects. Now, it's not quite a cake walk, but I feel confident in a way I never really have running startups.
3/ So much of security comes down to doing IT right. Having a sane inventory and reliable change management processes and documented procedures is honestly at least 50% of it. It's an easy but very expensive corner to cut.
4/ One thing that seems clear in this role is that #infosec can be a change agent for the business IF a solid business case is there, and infosec initiatives are closely tied to business objectives.

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Aug 25, 2018
1/ Until now, I have never worked in an open office environment. 13 years at Microsoft meant my own office with a door that closes. Close to 5 years in struggling/failing startups has meant no office at all. I've camped out in Regus lobbies, hotel lobbies, bank branches, etc.
2/ Initial impressions: The footprint per individual in open offices is considerably less because of the layout and design. This means you can cram more people into less space. I mean, it works for economy class on an airplane, why not do it in an office, right?
3/ The stated reason why this is commonly done in office environments is to "improve collaboration." Working in an open office is, in fact, more collaborative. My closed door at Microsoft was a psychological barrier to coming to see me. People would usually schedule appointments.
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Aug 24, 2018
1/ So, this week I started a new gig in the public sector. I'm still working on startups. I primarily jumped on this because I think the work matters, it is close to where I teach (so I can teach more), and I optimize for impact vs. cash.
2/ Financial upsides: No IP assignment required. Flat 40 hours a week. Public sector benefits, which means competitive time off vs. the private sector, better health insurance than most companies (but not Microsoft), pension, etc.
3/ It's entirely reasonable/possible to bootstrap what most folks would derisively call a "lifestyle business" alongside this. You know what? If it scales to 6 figures, that's the kind of lifestyle I'd be entirely happy with. It's achievable. 7 figures would be truly amazing.
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Aug 5, 2018
1/ I have been thinking a lot lately about how we have built a society that is dictated almost entirely by economics--and how our system of economics is driven by ever-increasing rates of consumption of finite resources. Climate change is a symptom, but economics is the disease.
2/ I think the biggest problem isn't our system of economics itself, but the fact that today's systems are driven almost entirely by maximizing short-term gains for relatively few super-wealthy individuals at the expense of--well--everything else. Societal collapse is a risk.
3/ One example: state capture. The simple fact of the matter is that most campaign contributions are made by the wealthiest people, because they have the most money. It's a logarithmic scale. The impact has also been logarithmic--to the point of destroying American democracy.
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Jul 16, 2018
I'm prototyping a thing with @thoughphreaker and there is a good chance it could end ~95% of robocalls virtually overnight for folks who adopt our solution. I need a front end Web developer to help bring it to life. No pay, only (potential) hacker fame. Interested? DM me.
Skill level needed: A couple of integrations of poorly designed APIs and the ability to parse text, possibly obtained through a serial interface. If you're junior, you'll need someone mid-level or better to mentor you.
Future opportunity: If our stuff works, there is a chance that I can convince investors to give us enough funding to build it for real. At that point, there would be money to pay you to do real work vs. prototype stuff.
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May 10, 2018
1/ A million things can cause a startup to fail. It is truly amazing that any survive at all. One of those things is a Fortune 500 company threatening to sue you into the ground both personally and as a corporation. And this is a big part of why our last startup failed.
2/ A couple of months ago, we posted a highly unusual notice on our Web page. Given who we are, it is not what you would expect to see. But @zackwhittaker noticed. He'd been following us since I reached out on Twitter to some high powered folks in the law tech community.
3/ Zack knew something was off. He wasn't sure what, but he followed his instincts. We wouldn't talk to him beyond confirming we had really posted the notice we posted, and referring him to the coalition of defense attorneys who had engaged us. However, Zack wasn't dissuaded.
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May 5, 2018
1/ "It must cost a lot of money to make so many robocalls," someone asked me. "How can they afford to do it?" That's a really good question. The reality is that it costs almost nothing to do it, scamming you is profitable, and that is why people do it. Unroll and I'll explain.
2/ Robocallers use high volume automated dialers. These operate using a technology called SIP, which is a way to run voice traffic over the Internet. It's also the technology, combined with a legacy telecom protocol called SS7, that allows them to call you from fake numbers.
3/ These automated dialers place a *lot* of calls. So many calls, in fact, that they can get very good wholesale pricing. It's a little tough for them to find phone companies who are willing to work with them, though, because their average call duration (ACD) is low.
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