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John Foster
Works at Bianco Foster Group, LLC
Attends Georgia Gwinnett College
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We need to reduce pollution. #CSR   #Green  
Project 'Breathe Again' certainly has a melodramatic way to get your attention
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The Pentagon has released an 1,176-page book of instructions on the "The Law Of War" detailing acceptable ways of killing the enemy. The manual also states that journalists can be labeled "unprivileged belligerents," an obscure term that replaces the Bush era "unlawful enemy combatant." The Obama Administration’s definition of "enemy combatant" was vague enough, basically meaning any male of a military age who "happens to be there," and this shif...
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Clinton and Bush are running for office and New Kids on the Block are playing sold out shows. When are we? 
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#blockchain in action 
A Grexit debacle easily highlights the advantages of trading throgh blockchain technology. Long story short - no FTDs, counterparty or default risk when trading forex pairs!
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Glad to see these people stood up for what they believe in. Glad to see their customers stood up for what they believe in. People believe that becoming your own boss doesn't add up to accountability. Small business owners love to say I'm my own boss. I boot strapped this small business with my own money and no debt or outside investment. There is problem #1. If you put your principles ahead of the income statement and balance sheet you won't have an income statement or a balance sheet.This is where having debt covenants restricting how you can run your business and some investment Bankers on your board will keep you in business. Bankers don't care about silly principles. They want to see some ROI. If you're running a business be sure your public principles will bring revenue.. If not you're better off keeping your business and personal lives separate.
Senator Ted Cruz whined that liberal fascism took away the family's livelihood.
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Net neutrality advocate Marvin Ammori reveals Charter's official merger commitments, which it filed with the FCC today, and explains why he thinks they are the "strongest ever."
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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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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.  
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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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