Who am I?
First and foremost, I am a father and husband, followed by being an Engineer and Cryptographer. I write code for a living as well as for fun. I have created and am currently the maintainer of several Open Source projects, like Redis Sniffer
The Family Man
I got married in 2008 to my wife, whom I met on Match.com. We met through the Match.com website in May of 2008 and decided in August to get married later that year.
Our first child was born in the spring of 2010, with our second following along in the late fall of 2011 and our third coming along in early November of 2013. When is was all said and done, we had 1 daughter and 2 sons all born in a 3.5 year span. The ages are currently 6, 5 and 3, which makes life quite interesting to say the least.
Despite having over 20 years of experience in the Tech Industry, only the last decade has been in Silicon Valley. Since coming to the Valley, I have worked in 4 Career fields, with the ability to switch to a fifth at any time.
I started as a Software Engineer, I then transitioned into DevOps. From there I moved into IT Operations for a bit before moving back to DevOps. I know work in InfoSec as a DevOps Engineer, who also is the organizations Cryto Infrastructure Speciatist. I passed the CISA(Certified Information Systems Audito) exam in Juna and just sent off my application in mid-October for the certification, with all the needed work verification. I am also planning on attaining at least 3 additional certifications in 2017, the CISM(Certfied Information Security Manger), CRISC(Certified is Risk and Information System Controls) and ECES(Certified Encryption Specialist).
The Martial Artist
My mother had gotten me involved with Tae Kwon Do when I was 6 at the local YMCA. I loved it and reached the rank of Shodan before I switched to American Kenpo. The major motivation for switching was due to wanting to find a more practical fighting method. I currently hold the rank of 6th Degree Black Belt, awarded by Kevin Mills.
I have also studied the following martial arts disciplines, though not to the point of reaching any significant rank: Shotokan, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qigong, I-Hsing, Wing Chun, Muay Thai, Shoalin Kenpo, BJJ and Escrima.