The best security podcast – ever

Recently I quit Red Hat’s security team and although it was tough to do it was made so much easier by the fact that although I left I remained daily friends and comrades with Josh Bressers who heads up the product security side of RHEL.

Josh has a podcast (after appearing on mine) and I’ve been subscribed since Episode 1, the show is co presented with Kurt┬áSeifried another Red Hatter. Kurt resides in Canada and he and I are both permanent staffers on the Cloud Security Alliance.

The podcast is recorded remotely and does not suffer the issues 95% of remote podcasts have with Skype or dumb lazy mixing, you’d never know these two are not in the same room. Audacity FTW. Who needs proprietary software ?

Josh is now following me out the door at Red Hat to pastures new and our world continues to turn with no change at all and the podcast I hope will also continue because for me it’s an hour of my week where two of my two favourite people talk to me in my car.

It’s been funny because when I was at Red Hat Josh and I had a weekly video conference and recently after leaving Josh kicked it back off because we talk anyway almost every day anyway and I’m so glad he is in my life. When we first met we did NOT get on. I have no idea why, but we just didn’t gel. Now… I can’t imagine a time when this erudite, amusing, guy, bright as a button is not in my daily life – he’s become my sounding board.

So get your ass over to Soundcloud or their website and subscribe/follow. Also listed on all your favourite podcast search engines.

Here is the latest episode if you needed proof.

 

 

It’s all change…

It’s been in the social media sphere for a month now so if you didn’t already know, I left Red Hat in December 2016. ┬áTo be able to walk away from a company I’ve watched grow since day one at a time of my choosing. Choosing to take next steps in not just my career but my life as a parent, as a husband and as a productive and happier member of the human race. If you’d read the last post I’d written here you may have realised this was coming. I’ve just made it a reality.

Travelling and revolving around often a seventeen hour day with US timezones can be juggled efficiently but when your job takes over and stops you being able to read the kids stories at night because of scheduling then the guilt hits you. When you’re travelling and miss kids parents evenings, school plays and events then it’s time to re-evaluate. Kids are only kids so long.

When you can afford not to have to work those hours, or to pick and choose the path you want for your future then the concept of making those life changes becomes fundamentally simple.

Next steps are more family friendly. I have two amazing children, a fantastic wife and a reputation I’ve worked very hard to build over two decades. Just now I can do what I want to do to achieve the goals I set myself rather than goals that purely deliver a pay cheque.

And having taken a huge pay cut the last six years made it a lot easier to go back to the security world, on my own terms and to do things that give me a lot more satisfaction and to be a better dad and husband as a bonus.