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Saturday, February 16, 2008

I feel Good!

Well...working office hours feels good. But i kind of miss the off days i use to have. I was at home most of the time; sleeping, playing with my son, paying bills etc. Now, those off days has been stripped off. Have to work five days, office hours. Yet, it feels good. Body feels refreshed and energized. There's a gym in my office, equipped with the state of the art equipments. Will be paying a visit soon...after buying a pair of shoes...hehehe

Now, my off days that i use to have in abundance has been replaced with working days...with a reward...a better bank balance at the end of the month. I feel appreciated. When i work on shift, the different hours often causes in frequent change of sleeping pattern. This usually resulted in me falling sick, headache, fever and all types of illness. The body actually fails to adapt to different sleeping hours as age passes by. 10 years ago, i could stay up all night working /studying but now its a little different. As advised by my doctor, the younger generation is more suitable for working shift. Not that i'm old. I consider myself very young. But taking into consideration my family, its time to leave the shift hours which has been my friend for the past 5 years. But the results are good.

I definitely prefer the current working hours. More time to spend with my wife, son and nephews and adorable niece.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Security Analyst vs Security Consultant

A topic that caught my attenion some time ago. What is a jobscope of these two people? Well, since i was/am still in the industry, i can shed some light on the jobscope of both the positions. A security analyst is someone who has knowledge on a number of areas; OSes, programming langauge, tcp/ip etc. He/she must be able to use the many different tools to perform analysis task i.e. tcpdump, wireshark, squil, mrtg, ntop, acid, ossec etc. These some of the many essential tools that a security analyst must be familiar with. Besides that, he/she must also be able to detect accurately and response promptly to any incident issues. Most importantly, he/she must be able to do root cause analysis to determine the authenticity of a suspected event.

How about a security consultant? A Security Consultant is a person who has advanced skill in the world of security. NSM is at his/her fingetips. He/she is someone who could differentiate the output given by tcpdump and output from wireshark. The name itself carries a significant weight that a consultant can be proud of; the word consultant. Anyone could just walk to a Security consultant and ask advise on how to secure a network. That is the meaning of consultant=consultation. The network topology can vary from bus to mesh yet the Security Consultant could provide you with in depth recommendation on how to secure the network. He/she not only has the fundementals, but are experts in breeding a Security Analyst.

IMHO, this guy, this guy and my good friend Mr. Gigco are worthy Security Consultants. I've seen what these people can do. I strongly believe they can be approached by anyone regarding building a secured network and trust me they will live up to the task.

p.s - a person taking down minutes of a meeting, generating automatic report, ordering food and typing letters is known as a clerk. You don't need to be a rocket scientist to know that.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Back to business

Hehehe...i can come back to blogging now. Wanted to become an active blogger but certain restrictions had prevented me from doing so. However, i'm now free of those constraints and have now purchased the freedom of speech....muahahahaha.

For a starter, let me tell you about a friend of mine who recently quit his job with his company. I meet him for tea this evening and we had a rather long chat till late evening. Among the discussed topics was the resignation rate in his company. It seems that many of the employees started to resign recently; to be more precise since middle of last year. The latest lost was my friend. I've known this friend for a very long time and he is well known for his dedication towards the tasks given to him. He is hardworking and always eager to learn. Yet why did he resign? So i asked him why was the resignation rate in his company at such an alarming rate. He answered, "When the company gives you shit, shit is what the company will get back". Whoa! Why such an answer? He must be really disappointed. Well....i don't know.