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Saturday, May 23, 2020

Covid-19 / Coronavirus Year and some personl updates

In my last post, I was hoping for a new and exciting year. Well first of all, I was made redundant with 11 others in the startup that I joined just barely 3 months ago. It was an organisation restructuring they say. In hindsight, it was a blessing to be let go then rather than now since the covid-19 pandemic started shortly after that.

As I am writing this, it has been about a little over 2 months since the pandemic started. While it was a lockdown both here in Australia and also my home country, Malaysia, things are starting to ease up now. My daughter will be going to school next Monday and I am pretty sure a lot of us will be returning to the office shortly. I love working from home/remotely so this is something that I am not looking forward to.

That being said, I have been studying a bit on my offensive security skills and I am hoping to nail a couple of exams this year (probably related to offensive security or the compliance part). I have been doing a fair bit of penetration testing for a few Australian based companies and government agencies so that has also been taking quite a bit of my time. Any free time I have now I tend to either chill and annoy my daughter or basically do some light reading.

I am hoping to secure a part time role to supplement my income and at the same time try to do something that is entirely non-IT related. Let us see how I will fare...

The Kali Linux logo (the choice of Linux distribution for a lot of hackers and security professionals) ... regardless of whether it has anything to do with security or not, Iike the design of a dragon on a dark blackground. Simple yet alluring design.

Friday, January 03, 2020

New Year 2020

When I reflected back on 2019, I felt happy and sad at the same time. Happy that the Hyrulian princess graduated but sad that a close family member is longer here together with some friends who succumbed to cancer and other unfortunate events. There were of course other memorable events,  some good and others bad in 2019 as well.

I have joined a startup end of this year, discarding corporate looks in favour of a very much toned-down environment and a lot of work to do in terms of getting them to where my vision of an organisation with a mature cyber security posture will be. In this role, I play both the governance and a fair bit of technical security engineer. At least I hope to believe that this will help me in a couple of the technical certifications that I am hoping to gain in 2020!

The bush fires in Australia are another issue that breaks my heart. Seeing so many people suffer especially those who have lost their loved ones, half a billion animals dead with some species maybe extinct according to one expert and no signs of the fire going away makes one wonder why is this happening? I can only pray and hope for a miracle for this catastrophic event to end soon and bring much relief to those who have suffered so much.

I am hoping to a better 2020 for everyone. Let's look forward to it!