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John Foster
Works at Bianco Foster Group, LLC
Attends Georgia Gwinnett College
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Google Allo, the new “smart” chat app launched on Wednesday, is ‘dangerous’ and should be avoided, according to whistleblower Edward Snowden, because it will "record every message you ever send and make it available to police upon request."
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Unintended consequences. 
The university will have to remove free online content that doesn't meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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Westerners who make fun of Asians for spending money on cosmetic surgery are finding out that there's more to you than a resume. As it turns out the US is starting to have something in common with China and South Korea, which is not necessarily a bad thing. After all, all aspects of life are acting. If you want a role on the stage of life you had better look the part for the audition.
Older workers are trying lawsuits, classes, makeovers—even surgery—to keep working.
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The software maker, which once prided itself on a flat corporate environment similar to Valve and Zappos, finds that workers can benefit from a little direction.
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Alphonso Eleby had stopped at a convenience store for gas and was talking with a friend when DeKalb County police officer Demetrius Kendrick pulled in to buy some chips.
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Remember they practice on our pets before they practice on us. #puppycide 
An innocent woman watched in horror as Idaho police shot and killed her beloved dog.
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Not again!
The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has another...
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But his buddies arrived and shot the guy anyway. 
He did what police officers are supposed to do -- put himself at risk to save a life.
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Trivial knowledge is overrated. #Aleppo 
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Mark Cuban's private messaging app gets a face lift. Get it now to help prevent the #NSA from hearing what you have to say. 
A safer place to text.
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Occupation
Information Security, GRC, Management Consulting
Employment
  • Bianco Foster Group, LLC
    present
  • Internet Security Systems
    1998 - 2001
  • VeriSign
    2001 - 2002
  • AirDefense
    2002 - 2003
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Male
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Introduction
All opinions are my own, unless you want to sponsor them like Acura sponsors The Onion.

Vietnam War refugee and Southern Gentleman.  I've always had an interest in computers, but it took a few years to realize you could make a career out of IT.  I started out in Marketing doing merchandising, mainly focused on auditing retail stores for compliance with the product placement diagram (called a planogram), but some temp assignments covering for the buyers of merchandise.  While temping in the buying dept at Federated Department Stores someone suggested that I'm good at this "computer stuff" and should do it full time.  

I found my place in the Information Security community because I've always been a hacker at heart.  I've worked for several R&D companies in the Infosec space, but now I'm in the business world.  I'm not hands-on with the technical end of security, but I'm fully immersed in the Governance, Risk, and Compliance end.  I still love the technical aspects of Infosec, but since I'm not hands-on with it anymore I surround myself with technical people and do what I can to enable them.

I'm currently working on an undergraduate degree in Finance.  The type of business I work in invests in other companies my days are spent advising, auditing, and keeping our investments on track with GRC. Our risk is mainly financial exposure through our investments, so risk is partially Firewalls, IPS, & technology owned by our investments and insurance to cover the investment firm.

I'm a small business advocate and believer in creative capitalism.  One of my Management Accounting professors said that small business needs to copy the tricks of the trade that large business use. That means having an army of employees/consultants analyzing costs, making investments, swapping excess cash into foreign currency, etc.  

I started a consulting firm with my best friend, analyzing and advising small business based on my professor's inspiration.  We started out doing quality, environmental, and Infosec work in the ISO 9001, 14001, and 27001 standards.  We have a passion for Lean and Green operations.  We believe that if you become Lean you can save enough money to go Green.  We're hoping to get more into financial advisement and operational efficiency as we grow our skills and our organization.  

I'm active with animal protection and rescue organizations that are local.  I have several animal traps and do Trap-Neuter-Release (TNR) work with Planned PEThood.  I have 6 cats of my own and 6 stray/feral cats that adopted me and my back yard.

I'm a practical, get it done person. Comrade Deng Xiaoping once said, "It doesn't matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice." I focus on the end result being a good one. That sometimes means disregarding all variables on the left side of the equation. Some people consider that cold and a handicap. I consider it an asset and a product of my Asian upbringing.  

I love satire and could write scripts for The Onion given the opportunity.  Some things I post may be serious others may be satire.  People who have known me for 15 years still don't know if I'm serious or if I'm lampooning something.  It's your job to figure it out.  I love conspiracy theories, especially inventing new ones on the fly.  
Bragging rights
Worked for Internet Security Systems Pre-IPO, and Guardent which eventually became Dell-SecureWorks
Education
  • Georgia Gwinnett College
    International Business, 2007 - present
  • Young Harris College
    Liberal Arts, 1992 - 1994
  • Union County High School
    1989 - 1992
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