With a diverse background in technology startups, archaeology, network & application security and more recently, machine learning, I bring a wealth of knowledge and an innovative spirit to all of the projects I work on.
Being innovative is not something you can just “do”. It needs to be cultivated, nourished, and protected. I was extremely fortunate to have started my career in the company of those who were like-minded, having the same devotion to developing the technological tools that would become the springboard for our shared success. Those were heady days to be sure, with extravagant trips to trade shows in Las Vegas, working into the wee hours of the morning, and the feeling that we really were masters of the universe. But like all good things, it had to end and I knew when it was time to move on.
After embarking on my career in the startup world I found the drive to fulfill a childhood dream, receiving my undergraduate degree from Harvard University in 2008. Somewhere along the way I also managed to accumulate several industry certifications such as; Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Project Management Professional (PMP), VMware Certified Professional (VCP), and a Checkpoint Certified Security Administrator (CCSA) certification. For fun (and profit) I was also lucky enough to win two Boston area SANS capture-the-flag IT security competitions which was just plain awesome.
“I have a history of being a technologist going back to my college years, I’m always looking for the next big thing and tinkering with everything,”
Flash forward to today and you would be hard pressed to catch me not hyper-focused on the latest technology to catch my attention; machine learning and artificial intelligence. I believe strongly that this rapid infusion of AI is going to drastically change the technology we use in our everyday lives. Already, significant amounts of what we do and how we do it are powered by neural networks. The fundamental ability for systems to learn from data has the potential to empower mankind to new levels not yet seen in the race to develop the technology of the future. I am truly humbled by the network architectures I work with every day and can’t wait to see where I can take it.
As technological systems have become more complex so has expanded the attack surface area they contain. Cybersecurity is more than just patching systems or performing penetration tests, it is now fantastically complex. Autonomous vehicles combine traditional control systems with the matrix-level complexity of computer vision sensors that feature advanced convolutional neural networks, all of which is connected to the internet 24/7. This presents new challenges for both attackers and defenders that are only just now starting to be understood. I love living at the intersection between these technologies and the role I am privileged to play is one that I hope can ensure the safe deployment of these technologies in the very near future.
Someone once asked me the simple question of what was my “passion”. I answered that “technology” was my first love but photography was clearly the mistress that keeps sneaking back into my life. When I was a young boy I always wanted to be able to take the photos I saw in magazines like National Geographic but I was never fortunate enough to be able to afford the camera gear needed to produce such results. Now, we live in a world where our smartphones contain all the power we need to unleash our inner creativity in ways nobody ever imagined. My blog, and various social media feeds (e.g. Twitter) are my creative outlet for my photography. I often articulate my thoughts on where technology and photography meet and how technology such as AI will change this world for the better. So stay tuned, hang on, and let’s take this journey together!
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