Saturday, October 29, 2016

On to the Next Adventure...

As you may have heard, I have left HPE as part of the reorg / downsizing that you have read about in the news. I feel that I can post to The Security Beard again!

I wanted to share a quick blog that I posted to my Medium earlier today about my exit from HPE, and a little about my new position.

You can find the original here...

The two constants of the universe – change and taxes. And while I could go on for days about taxes, especially in this contentious political season, I thought I would share some thoughts on the changes that are going on with me.

Friday was my last day at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.  It has been my distinct pleasure to work for this organization for the past two years, serving as the Chief Evangelist for Cloud Security.  I have appreciated the opportunity to offer nearly unfettered advice about the information security topics that are interesting to me – security awareness and regulatory compliance.  And some of you must think so too, as those blogs and podcasts received tens of thousands of views.  Your consideration of some of these topics, and your support on the various social media platforms has been greatly appreciated!

I wish nothing but the best for HPE. CEO Meg Whitman is doing her best to shape and focus the company as the dominant player in the server market, removing the miscalculations and distractions that had been acquired by some of her predecessors.  The merger of the consulting services to form a company with CSC and the sale of much of the software assets to Micro Focus will go a long way to accomplishing that goal.  

These changes also bring changes to how the company is organized.  For months, there have been plans for the personnel changes that would be needed to run this tighter ship, and one of those changes is how and what we evangelize as a company. It is not that HPE doesn’t think that cloud security is important – far from it.  It is that the company is refocusing its efforts on hardware solutions.  So in the grand game of musical chairs, I was one (of many) left without a chair when the music stopped.  

While I may no longer work at HPE, I am NOT fading off into the sunset…

I am proud to announce that I have accepted a position as the Technical Director of Cryptzone.

Cryptzone is a company that is focused on bringing paradigm shifting security solutions with identity centric security controls to the enterprise, protecting resources from internal and external threats.  

And I get to talk about it!

I won’t go into too much more here, except to say that software defined perimeter solutions are just now starting to draw significant attention from the tech industry, and Cryptzone is far and away the premier solution for those interested in this security solution.

Alexander Graham Bell once said:

When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.

I have no regrets for my time at HPE, and am charging full speed through this open door!

Stay tuned…


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