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Happy International Women’s Day

I recently talked about an amazing mentor of mine in a CO-OP blog celebrating International Women's Day: “I have had the privilege to work many talented leaders and co-workers. The one person who made the most significant impact in my career over 15 years ago was an individual who is one o...

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AppSec California

I'll be speaking at this years Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) Application Security (AppSec) California conference around my journey from Marine Corps Private to Chief Information Security Officer. Here is my profile and the talk description. ...

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NAFCU Privacy Principles Thoughts

The National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU) published a white paper with six essential principles around the implementation of a national data privacy standard. I provided my thoughts on the paper via the Credit Union Times. The article is here - https://www.cutimes.com/2019...

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Information Security and the Art of Contextualization

There's a fire...... How do you react to that statement? Do you panic, do you get a fire extinguisher, do you do nothing? Without context, there is no way to know how to, or if you should react. If the fire is in the middle of the living room, then you need to put it out, if it's in the fireplac...

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The Three Stages of Internal Audit Grief

It's Internal Audits Fault That An Issue Was Found! A friend of mine from many years ago shared the three stages of an audit and how people try to rationalize findings. I've been on the receiving signs, and I've seen individuals react this way to unfavorable reviews. The friend said that they ha...

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