Saturday, June 17, 2017

Pic Of The Week: Target Practice

17+1 with this Ruger SR9e. Below was my first round at about 10 yards out.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Interesting Night Tonight

Picture this. It's 1:15 am. My power to my house is acting funny, like its sagging.  Lights are very dim. So I'm standing out in the back in the woods at this point with a guy from Alabama Power. We find that the power pole is smoking/burning, but not on fire, yet. The guy flips the power pole breaker, so now we and my neighbor are out of power for a few hours. Interesting night.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

There Are Worse Things Than Getting Fired

This article (here) was a good one. When I was younger, I did get fired from a job. I remember thinking that that was a terrible thing. It turned out to be the best thing for me. If you ever get fired, just remember that no one stays unemployed forever.

Friday, June 2, 2017

A Quiet, Peaceful Sound

I spent all day yesterday at one of the Atlanta data centers, doing some Nexus and Check Point work with another engineer. Lots of loud server noise, along with the road noise to and from Birmingham. Not to mention the Atlanta city sounds.  It's was just a busy, noisy day.
As I pulled up into my driveway and got out of my truck, back in Birmingham, I couldn't help but notice the stillness of the night. The only sound I heard, all around me, was the soft, low, steady hum of crickets.  Not to mention the smell of the new growth of plants and trees. It was very peaceful. So much so, as I walked inside, I continued straight back to the back door to the back yard to continue to enjoy that sound and the smells of summer. It was quiet a moment.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

NGFW Competition

I have not seen the 2017 Gartner NGFW report, and not even sure if its out yet.  But I know that my thoughts on the best NGFW firewall lines up with what Gartner appears to think.  Personally, I base my opinion on my experiences and my own knowledge of firewalls.  I've spent a long time working with firewalls, and Palo Alto and Check Point are the best on the market (IMHO).
One more thought about security.  Please don't expect that your company is secure because you bought a firewall at a great price.  Threat protection, Anti-Virus, Anti-Malware, etc.  These come at a price.  Don't think your company is secure because you have an ASA (without FirePower) or a cheap firewall.  If you are on the security team or the Director/Manager, security should always be in the forefront of your mind.   Think about the companies you hear about in the news.  You may not make the news, but you may have a "resume generating event" if you have not properly prepared your company in the security world.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Even Restaurants Need Security

Even restaurants need security.
Contact me for the security discussion you need.

Tuesday Update

Hi all. I have been missing writing down regularly on this blog. I've had a lot going on lately, but I wanted to just post something for today.  Below, you can see my business partner and I in some deep discussion about life, business offerings, and just enjoying a meal together.
I hope that today, and everyday, is a great day for you all. May The Lord bless you all and keep you safe. This life goes by so fast. Let's take time to enjoy it as much as we can.
Also, thank you guys, for taking time to read this blog.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Fall Creek Falls

Tennessee is such a beautiful place. My wife and I went to fall creek falls this weekend. Happy Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

No Matter What...

No matter what, The Lord is good. :)  Hope you all have a good Tuesday.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Company Offerings Growth

As I get the company ( offerings tuned, my plan is to add services as I go along. Today, I've added intrusion protection to the mix of services. I will manage your current IPS, or I'll provide an IPS for your company for a monthly service. I'm excited about growing our offerings to my customers.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Ransomeware Warnings

If you are paying attention to what's going on in cybersecurity, it's time to get serious about your company security. Contact me and let's work on it.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

It's Interesting: DDOS

DDOS is an interesting thing. Imagine: thousands of computers attacking your business internet facing servers, taking down your servers or your filling your bandwidth capacity to 100%. All through programming (or a DDOS attack). You can imagine many countries stacking a single country with their military, how that might turn out. It's pretty much the same for the victim of a DDOS attack.
The god thing is that ISPs are offering some type of scrubbing of traffic for this. However, so far, I have not seen a solution that is really good. Maybe in the future they will come up with something without manual intervention.