About the Introduce Yourself category

(Will Jeansonne) #1

Here’s your chance! Tell us a little about yourself: Who are you? Where in the world are you from? What’s your background in information security or IT? What do you hope to get out of HackBusters? Welcome to the community!

(Joseph Jacobsen) #2

Joe Jacobsen is my name. I’m a veteran, having put in 7.5 years as an infantryman in the US army. After leaving the service, I didn’t know what to do, but I had always loved computers, ever since I learned at the age of 4 how to load the contents of a disk, list the contents, and after deciding which game I wanted to play, typing the commands to run the game.

In 2008, I began my AAIT program, and in 2010 jumped into a BSIT/ISS program, which I finished in 2012. It took me a while to get my foot in the door, but after an opening came available in the MIS department of the resort/casino nearby, I jumped on it. Unfortunately, my initial attempt was lost in the shuffle because my resume had the wrong contact info, but once I updated that and re-applied, the manager called me in to be interviewed.

I’ve been working for the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino now for almost 3 years at the time of my posting this, and have since fixed our WSUS, I’ve been put in charge of managing our endpoint protection, found a couple network errors that I fixed, and have been feverishly trying to educate our users on phishing and spam to avoid malicious programs slipping in under the radar.

I’ve analyzed some JavaScript downloaders to see what they were programmed to look for, and found most were pointing to LOCKY distribution servers. Other downloaders, those riding in on MS Office attachments with malicious macros, I’ve been able to look at and draw similar conclusions. These emails are adapting to our efforts of avoiding them though, so I’m constantly fighting to keep our users in the know of how to recognize these malicious emails, and that is a major reason I am here at HackBusters :slight_smile:

I look forward to learning as much as possible, and anything I can contribute, I will with enthusiasm! I am nerd, and proud!

(Rob Militzer) #3

My name is Rob Militzer. I’ve been an IT Auditor for about 18 months, after spending about 20 years as a mainframe programmer. I hold an MSIA degree from Walsh College.

Our department is trying to transition out of general IT controls and into an agile, threat-aware cybersecurity focus. I think this forum could be a great help for me as I transition into the new paradigm and get up to speed with the evolving threat landscape.


Hi I’m Mark Townsend and I am currently VP of Customer Engineering for a cyber security firm. I have been in IT 20+ years with various manufacturers in a variety of roles. While I have co-authored patents and a few standards in information security (Trusted Computing Group), I still consider myself an active learner.

My expertise is on the LAN security side (routers, switches, firewalls, NAC) so it will be interesting to learn a bit more about the user side of security.

I look forward to some of the discussions!


Looks like a good site to use. The more we can get on cybersecurity, the better!

(Patricia Rhodes) #6

Hi. I’m Patti Rhodes. I have been in Banking for 35 years. Currently, I am the Information Security Officer at a Community Bank in Clearwater, Florida. I look forward to contributing and learning through the forum.

(Ben Cheung) #7

Greetings, My name is Ben and I’ve been in Network Security for the past 15 years. Currently, I’m the Director for IT at an Exhibit manufacturing company where I try to put my security knowledge to use for a non-IT oriented company. I hope to learn and share with everyone!

(Tommy Clark) #8

I have been programming for over 30 years. My experience ranges from hardware on up through the high level languages. Having such a good understanding of how things work allows me to understand how they break as well. I have been a fan of the things that Stu has been involved with since the days of Vipre at Sunbelt Software. I have enjoyed the HackBusters site so far, and it will be interesting to see what happens in the community.

(Zsia Poitier) #9

Hi my name is Zsia , am from the Bahamas and I work in the IT department . I will like to learn more about what is out there. and how I can share the information with my colleagues.

(David Huff) #10

I’ve been working as a network admin for over 16 years and have been working with computers since the days of 8-bit computers. KnowBe4 provides valuable information and resources to help improve security and am looking forward to the Hackbusters community.

(John Gardner) #11

I’m John Gardner from Hertfordshire in UK.

I wrote my first program about 45 years ago (studying maths at school).
I’ve had a wide variety of roles in IT and the businesses surrounding it, I ended up specialising in sorting out projects that were “challenging”

I’m semi-retired, a trustee of one charity and chair of another NFP. So life has come full circle and I find myself as a jack of all trades - there’s only one other IT person in each organisation.

so amongst other things security etc is again a practical concern - especially how to achieve it at low cost…

(Mike Bennett) #12

Well, “Hey”.

I am kind of a newbie - at least to the security side of things. I have worked for my current employer for 15 years, but only in the last year and a half has my focus on security been intensified.

I am trying to learn through KnowBe4 and other sources. But, there is so much to be watching for. And the “bad guys” are so smart. But, I find that most folks are sure helpful.

Our company got “bitten” about 3 years ago. It was caught before it went past the first PC. Our local Network Support company helped us out, A while later, just doing some research, I ran across KnowBe4. We have used them ever since. And it HAS made a difference. Regularly, our President credits the phishing campaigns for keeping us smart and safe.

Part of my problem in getting my mind straight on all of the areas that we have to secure, is that I was brought up in the computer arena before you had to pay any attention to a hacker.

Computers were different. Telephones were different. There were no PCs. You didn’t have to worry about leaving your computer in the backseat of an unlocked car. The computer probably weighed more and was bigger than your car.

Programs were on peg boards. The keyboard was about 2 feet wide and about 10 inches tall. There was no disk drive. There were 80 column cards, later 1" punched paper tape, followed by ledger cards with a magnetic stripe on the back. If someone was going to steal your data, they would break into the company vault, and haul away a few thousand ledger cards.

Anyway, you folks that really know what you are doing in this business impress the socks off of me.

Hard to imagine that I will be of much help to anyone else. I figure I will ask some questions, and sit back and listen (er, uh, I mean read).

I started in this crazy business when Sonny and Cher sang, “I got you, Babe”. Which is still one of my favorite songs.

(Shawn O.) #13

Hello I am Shawn from good ole Lincoln, NE. I have been a training specialist in the IT department for my company for a little over three years near. We have had a couple of issues in the past with phishing schemes and they seem to be slipping through the cracks more and more these days so I would like to use this forum to stay up to date on the latest threats so we can notify and educate. Thank you in advance for any and all information:) Also thank you for welcoming me to the community.

(Luke) #14

I’m Luke from a manufacturing company in Kansas. I have been in IT for the past 8 years and am learning about manufacturing IT in my present role. I’m hoping this site helps to keep me aware of new threats to the management end of our company as 85% of our employees don’t have any real contact with the guts of our IT infrastructure or email services.

(Chuck Benslay) #15

I’m Chuck and my company has been a Subscriber to the Training & Phishing tests for over a year now. I’m in the IT Department and do a little bit of everything (don’t we all). I am the guy that manages the KnowBe4 training and phishing tests.

Let me know if I can help with anything!


(Zsia Poitier) #17

Hello Shawn I am new to the IT department at my company and I will like to be informed of any new treats out their. and how I can assist my company with the relevant information and the security measure that need to be taken.