For some time, I’ve considered moving away from my current role as a CIRT team leader. As much as I enjoy exercising the analysis bits of my skillset, the operational demands of monitoring and response take a toll on my personal / family life. Despite how much I’ve enjoyed building up the incident response team at my previous employer, the time for a change has arrived. When I looked at my skills with as objective an eye as I could muster, data science seemed to make the most sense. I have an academic background in statistics, applied mathematics, and computer science. My professional background includes UNIX system administration and usage as well a long history with programming (hacking rather than software engineering). Just as importantly, I’ve developed domain expertise in privacy, digital forensics, and network security. I also speak fluent, professional-quality Spanish and have a burning desire to work on stuff that matters in the long view.
As I started to explore the possibility space here, an opportunity arose that I couldn’t ignore. So I am incredibly pumped to announce that, later this month, I will be joining the Verizon Business RISK team, working on security research and intelligence with Chris Porter and Wade Baker. In a very real sense, this also means I will return to one of my very first employers, as I was a GTE employee who stuck around for several years after we merged with Bell Atlantic to form Verizon.
Because of that, a few specific things I’d planned here won’t happen, or at least not anytime soon. I will continue to write this blog actively, but obviously some sorts of writing will fit better into my work at VZ. This blog will temporarily slow down when I officially enter my new role: while I have assurances that it doesn’t conflict with any of my new employer’s policies, I’d like to review the social media policy in detail to avoid stepping into any open manholes.
Thanks for reading and for everyone’s support. This change just means we’re stepping on the gas!