Security Awareness Training - Password Management

Artwork by @kihomizuno

Before starting this article, take a few minutes to check www.haveibeenpwned.com. Type in one or more email address that you often use when signing up to websites. Hopefully, you will find that you have not been affected by a data breach. A data breach as defined by techtarget.com as “a confirmed incident in which sensitive, confidential or otherwise protected data has been accessed and/or disclosed in an unauthorized fashion.” With the world more connected than ever, how do we make sure our information is protected? Protecting the data of its employees and/or consumers can be extremely difficult for any organization. Many companies do not make its money from protecting data and because of that, security takes a back seat to what is more profitable. Data breaches have been prev…

Work It Out - Battling Anxiety and Depression

Photo of world famous Muscle Beach, located in the Venice Beach Boardwalk

There were many times in my life when I wasn’t exercising. I remember always being tired, anxious and short on confidence. I would describe myself as a ‘homebody’, which urban dictionary describes as a person who enjoys the warmth and simple pleasure of being at home. Having to leave my apartment to drive, walk, bike or take public transportation to then go tire myself out and have to commute back home was not something that excited me. I’d go to the gym at most twice a week. And to be honest, most weeks would see me going once even though doctors recommend working out three or four times. Nowadays, I exercise at least four times a week. What changed you ask? The ability to reward myself after each workout. I’d like to share with you the benefits of exercise, and a way to turn exer…

What Is The Alternative?

This picture is taken from the corner of 5th and Wall Street. The sign on top of the building reads ‘Think Positive’

“It was always me versus the world, Until I found it’s me versus me’”- Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar on his album DAMN. I’ve been making excuses for a long time, blaming the circumstances of my life for not living a life that I am proud of. I failed to realize that the way to change my circumstance was to change my mindset. I had to stop blaming others for my current situation, giving power to people who no longer have a say in my life and instead look inwards. If there’s something that I can do to change, I should try to get it done. What is the alternative? The alternative for me is finding myself in my 60s, pushing 70 and retiring from a job that I wasn’t too fond of but needed in order to pay my bills and crippled by debt, probably through years of trying to keep up w…

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