I have been a teacher, writer, photographer, entrepreneur, inventor, leader, consultant, project manager, and computer software engineer. I am now, in this post-9/11 world, an IT security professional. I've been gradually pulled in this direction by events, by customers, and by the challenges.
I seem to be best at activities that lie at the intersection of technology and changes in business and society, communicating and leading others to grasp the import of these trends, to make changes in their business and life to take advantage of these opportunities, instead of being steamrolled or blind-sided by the unavoidable consequences. Accordingly, I will not only do hands-on technical security work, but also disseminate security-related advice, guidance, and warnings as widely as I can.
I have been referred to as 'an agent of change', but I prefer to believe that we are all agents of change, living in an era when the only constant is the presence of accelerating change. Visionary? I am a practical person, an engineer, not a dreamer :-).
I grew up in a multicultural area of Queens, NYC, in the 1960's and 70's, near the junction of neighborhoods of immigrants from all over Europe, Asia, the Americas, and even several parts of Africa. I had friends and playmates from many of these ethnic groups. I learned a smattering of words and phrases, alphabets, and body languages, enough to understand my friends' parents. I currently can comunicate and/or read in several languages.
I was brought up to believe that the US Declaration of Independence and Constitution, our revolutionary documents, and the multicultural society they enable, were and are the major reason for the ever growing success of the US. I still believe this. The draw of immigration to the US grows from the power of a system that enables the will of the majority moderated by protections for minorities. My father was a WWII veteran. Love of the US founding principles was sort of the religion in our family, principles easily contrasted to the despotic regimes we could read about in the NY Times.
As for work, I enjoy solving difficult technical problems. Several times I've been able to solve technical problems that stumped some pretty smart people, by applying patience, persistence, an attention to the fundamental principles involved, and an ability to translate the problem into another problem, more easibly approached with available tools and facts. More about this on my resume: I look for hard problems where the results are useful.