Like I said before, I'm just a guy from Iowa who: is politically jaded; a big geek; likes Viking shit (but lets be absolutely clear here -- all Nazis can go fuck themselves); works in InfoSec; is a hobbyist malware RE; loves bourbon, grilling & smoking, and drinking bourbon while grilling & smoking.
I attended college at both the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Iowa, graduating from the latter with a degree in Political Science. During college I worked on the 2006 Iowa Democratic Party Coordinated Campaign and spent the 2008 Iowa Caucuses with John Edwards for President.
After graduating I spent a year with AmeriCorpsVISTA in South Central Los Angeles. Specifically I did work with the volunteer program at a low income housing community operated by the County of Los Angeles.
When my year of being a VISTA was up I moved back to Iowa and worked for a prominent LGBT political non-profit.
When the non-profit downsized and eliminated my position I found myself working in the transportation and logistics industry. This really sucked.
In fact, it sucked so much I went back to school and earned a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Drake University. While back in school I happened upon an elective course on US federal cybersecurity policy and determined cybersecurity is that field I really wanted to work in.
After I graduated from Drake in 2016 I did professional web development for a few years while trying to break into cybersecurity.
I currently work in cybersecurity with a mostly Blue Team focus, but I love all things in the field. Except for vendor risk management. I have no interest in doing vendor risk management.
I currently serves as Treasurer and Board Member of a small, volunteer run non-profit called the Des Moines Science Fiction & Fantasy Society, and have done a lot of volunteer work for the group since around 2015.
Since 2020 I've also been on the board of SecDSM, a Des Moines based citysec group, serving as Secretary.
I share a home with my partner and our two dogs. We like working on projects around the house, going to Science Fiction conventions, watching anime, playing board games, and having friends over for BBQ.