Monday, August 23, 2021

Resume Help! 185 Action Verbs

Phenomenal job whoever put this together. I found this here:

185 Action Verbs That'll Make Your Resume Shine | The Muse

Here's the list so that I can refer others to this... How often are you asked for help? Here's a great way to spruce up the old resume. Express yourself well. Tell the story. Don't bore me. There's a balance of too little and too much. Grammar-check and spell-check everything. Check your spacing, fonts, and use of bolding/italics/color to make sure you are consistent everywhere.

Your resume has to stand by itself without you there to explain away easy to fix mistakes. The last position we had for our team had 450 resumes submitted within days. I'm ruthless with reviews. You have time to work on your resume. It should be awesome. You can tell a difference between someone who cares and someone who doesn't.

Action Verbs 1-12: You Led a Project
If you were in charge of a project or initiative from start to finish, skip “led” and instead try:
1. Chaired
2. Controlled
3. Coordinated
4. Executed
5. Headed
6. Operated
7. Orchestrated
8. Organized
9. Oversaw
10. Planned
11. Produced
12. Programmed

Action Verbs 13-33: You Envisioned and Brought a Project to Life
And if you actually developed, created, or introduced that project into your company? Try:
13. Administered
14. Built
15. Charted
16. Created
17. Designed
18. Developed
19. Devised
20. Founded
21. Engineered
22. Established
23. Formalized
24. Formed
25. Formulated
26. Implemented
27. Incorporated
28. Initiated
29. Instituted
30. Introduced
31. Launched
32. Pioneered
33. Spearheaded

Action Verbs 34-42: You Saved the Company Time or Money
Hiring managers love candidates who’ve helped a team operate more efficiently or cost-effectively. To show just how much you saved, try:
34. Conserved
35. Consolidated
36. Decreased
37. Deducted
38. Diagnosed
39. Lessened
40. Reconciled
41. Reduced
42. Yielded

Action Verbs 43-61: You Increased Efficiency, Sales, Revenue, or Customer Satisfaction
Along similar lines, if you can show that your work boosted the company’s numbers in some way, you’re bound to impress. In these cases, consider:
43. Accelerated
44. Achieved
45. Advanced
46. Amplified
47. Boosted
48. Capitalized
49. Delivered
50. Enhanced
51. Expanded
52. Expedited
53. Furthered
54. Gained
55. Generated
56. Improved
57. Lifted
58. Maximized
59. Outpaced
60. Stimulated
61. Sustained

Action Verbs 62-87: You Changed or Improved Something
So, you brought your department’s invoicing system out of the Stone Age and onto the interwebs? Talk about the amazing changes you made at your office with these words:
62. Centralized
63. Clarified
64. Converted
65. Customized
66. Influenced
67. Integrated
68. Merged
69. Modified
70. Overhauled
71. Redesigned
72. Refined
73. Refocused
74. Rehabilitated
75. Remodeled
76. Reorganized
77. Replaced
78. Restructured
79. Revamped
80. Revitalized
81. Simplified
82. Standardized
83. Streamlined
84. Strengthened
85. Updated
86. Upgraded
87. Transformed

Action Verbs 88-107: You Managed a Team
Instead of reciting your management duties, like “Led a team…” or “Managed employees…” show what an inspirational leader you were with terms like:
88. Aligned
89. Cultivated
90. Directed
91. Enabled
92. Facilitated
93. Fostered
94. Guided
95. Hired
96. Inspired
97. Mentored
98. Mobilized
99. Motivated
100. Recruited
101. Regulated
102. Shaped
103. Supervised
104. Taught
105. Trained
106. Unified
107. United

Action Verbs 108-113: You Brought in Partners, Funding, or Resources
Were you “responsible for” a great new partner, sponsor, or source of funding? Try:
108. Acquired
109. Forged
110. Navigated
111. Negotiated
112. Partnered
113. Secured

Action Verbs 114-122: You Supported Customers
Because manning the phones or answering questions really means you’re advising customers and meeting their needs, use:
114. Advised
115. Advocated
116. Arbitrated
117. Coached
118. Consulted
119. Educated
120. Fielded
121. Informed
122. Resolved

Action Verbs 123-142: You Were a Research Machine
Did your job include research, analysis, or fact-finding? Mix up your verbiage with these words:
123. Analyzed
124. Assembled
125. Assessed
126. Audited
127. Calculated
128. Discovered
129. Evaluated
130. Examined
131. Explored
132. Forecasted
133. Identified
134. Interpreted
135. Investigated
136. Mapped
137. Measured
138. Qualified
139. Quantified
140. Surveyed
141. Tested
142. Tracked

Action Verbs 143-161: You Wrote or Communicated
Was writing, speaking, lobbying, or otherwise communicating part of your gig? You can explain just how compelling you were with words like:
143. Authored
144. Briefed
145. Campaigned
146. Co-authored
147. Composed
148. Conveyed
149. Convinced
150. Corresponded
151. Counseled
152. Critiqued
153. Defined
154. Documented
155. Edited
156. Illustrated
157. Lobbied
158. Persuaded
159. Promoted
160. Publicized
161. Reviewed

Action Verbs 162-173: You Oversaw or Regulated
Whether you enforced protocol or managed your department’s requests, describe what you really did, better, with these words:
162. Authorized
163. Blocked
164. Delegated
165. Dispatched
166. Enforced
167. Ensured
168. Inspected
169. Itemized
170. Monitored
171. Screened
172. Scrutinized
173. Verified

Action Verbs 174-185: You Achieved Something
Did you hit your goals? Win a coveted department award? Don’t forget to include that on your resume, with words like:
174. Attained
175. Awarded
176. Completed
177. Demonstrated
178. Earned
179. Exceeded
180. Outperformed
181. Reached
182. Showcased
183. Succeeded
184. Surpassed
185. Targeted

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

[Comment Period] Draft SP 800-53A Revision 5

 Tags: NIST, Draft SP 800-53A Revision 5, Comment Period, assessment objectives, determination statements, assessment methods, assessment objects

Source: SP 800-53A Rev. 5 (Draft), Assessing Security and Privacy Controls in Info Sys and Orgs | CSRC (

Control assessments are not about checklists, simple pass/fail results, or generating paperwork to pass inspections or audits. The testing and evaluation of controls in a system or organization to determine the extent to which the controls are implemented correctly, operating as intended, and producing the desired outcome are critical to managing and measuring risk. Additionally, control assessment results serve as an indication of the quality of the risk management processes, help identify security and privacy strengths and weaknesses within systems, and provide a road map to identifying, prioritizing, and correcting identified deficiencies. 


Draft NIST Special Publication (SP) 800-53A Revision 5, Assessing Security and Privacy Controls in Information Systems and Organizations, provides organizations with a flexible, scalable, and repeatable assessment methodology and assessment procedures that correspond with the controls in NIST SP 800-53, Revision 5. Like previous revisions of SP 800-53A, the generalized assessment procedures provide a framework and starting point to assess the enhanced security requirements and can be tailored to the needs of organizations and assessors. The assessment procedures can be employed in self-assessments or independent third-party assessments.

In addition to the update of the assessment procedures to correspond with the controls in SP 800-53, Revision 5, a new format for assessment procedures in this revision to SP 800-53A is introduced to:

  • Improve the efficiency of conducting control assessments,
  • Provide better traceability between assessment procedures and controls, and
  • Better support the use of automated tools, continuous monitoring, and ongoing authorization programs.

NIST is seeking feedback on the assessment procedures in this publication and in electronic versions (OSCAL, CSV, and plain text), including the assessment objectives, determination statements, and potential assessment methods and objects. We are also interested in the approach taken to incorporate organization-defined parameters into the determination statements for the assessment objectives. To facilitate their review and use by a broad range of stakeholders, the assessment procedures are available for comment and use in PDF format, as well as comma-separated value (CSV), plain text, and Open Security Controls Assessment Language (OSCAL) formats.


The comment period is open through October 1, 2021. See the publication details for a copy of the draft and associated files, and instructions for submitting comments. We encourage you to submit comments using the comment template provided.


Please submit inquiries and comments to


NOTE: A call for patent claims is included on page vii of this draft.  For additional information, see the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) Patent Policy--Inclusion of Patents in ITL Publications.


Publication details:  

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Creating Professional Velocity

The Simple Formula

  1. Increase your professional education.
  2. Increase your social education.
  3. Increases your value.
  4. Increases your desirability.
  5. Increases your opportunities. 
  6. Increases your earning potential.
  7. Increases your velocity towards financial goals.
  8. Establishes financial freedom to focus on other goals. 


  1. Time.
  2. Energy.
  3. Sacrifice.


  1. Timing of when to invest where. Invest early for greater dividends later.
  2. Take care of your physical self to be your best mental self. A strong body reduces mental fatigue and enables a strong mind. 
  3. You get to balance your investments. Keeping all of them healthy is work that requires intentionality. Family. Friends. Personal. Professional.
  4. Avoid instant gratification. Exercise your patience. Grow that muscle.
  5. Coaching, Mentoring, and Counseling. Surround yourself with advocates. 

Monday, May 17, 2021

June 3-4: Register for Security Connect 2021, VMware's annual cybersecurity conference!

Tags: VMware, cybersecurity, conference

Here’s a compiled list of all 59 sessions for VMware’s own annual cybersecurity conference:

Link: Signup Here for VMware’s Security Connect (

Compiled List of all 59 Sessions:

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

Summary Statistics for NIST SP 800-53r5

Very interesting statistics, particularly around the related and cross-referenced controls. These counts are related to the Top Level controls. While certainly not an absolute flag, these counts are an interesting indicator of the importance of each of the controls. 

Also, note the count of controls in the baselines, including the incremental jumps from LOW to MOD and MOD to HIGH. Note that these totals include controls and enhancements. 

Thursday, February 25, 2021

VMware OCTO is Hiring!!!

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We are actively seeking inclusive people who bring diverse skills, backgrounds, perspectives, and ideas to the table; people who can transcend limits and always have their eyes on the future. This is how great advances are made, how contributions are valued, and how innovation thrives.

Hope to see you here!!

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Corrected and Compiled NIST SP800-53r5

Congratulations to the collaborators on the updated NIST SP800-53 Revision 5. There are many improvements in this version which seeds several standards efforts around the globe. 

Please find on the downloads page a compiled and slightly corrected version of the downloadable excel files from NIST located here

The corrected version is titled NIST sp800-53r5.ver.01a and found here. I've also added a few details that I find helpful. 


  1. Corrected withdrawn column which had one control mismarked and another not marked.
  2. Added 2-digit Control ID which enables proper sorting on control identifiers. Current published version is incorrectly sorted.
  3. Added column named PK (Primary Key) for proper sorting
  4. AU-5(4) references AU-15 which is withdrawn into AU-5. Updated to reflect AU-5.
  5. AU-9 references AU-15 which is withdrawn into AU-5. Updated to reflect AU-5.

Friday, August 28, 2020

The State of Compliance – and the Cloud – in the Financial Services Industry

Ghost written after an interview with me as the source. Heck of a job by Dennis McCafferty.

If there is one unifying and indisputable fact about the hackers of the world, it’s this: They go where the money goes.

This makes the financial services industry one of their favorite targets. Once they compromise an organization in the sector, they can make thousands – or tens of thousands or much, much more – by stealing credit card account numbers, committing wire fraud, emptying savings accounts, etc. Or they can profit off of ill-gotten intelligence, selling or buying stock shares based upon non-publicly disclosed insider information contained “within the vault.”

That’s why financial services organizations should view regulatory compliance not as an onerous, “check the boxes” effort, but one that can ensure the continued integrity of their operations and reputation.

In seeking to reduce the risk of debit and credit card loss and limit identity theft, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) sets 12 security requirements for all companies (including banks and other financial institutions) that process, store, transmit or accept credit card information, regardless of size or number of transactions. The requirements cover firewall configuration, cardholder data encryption, secure systems/applications development, physical access to data and regular testing. Unfortunately, global PCI DSS compliance among firms has fallen for two straight years and now stands at 36.7 percent, down from 55.4 percent in 2016, according to the 2019 Payment Security Report from Verizon. Fines for PCI DSS violations range from $5,000 to $100,000 per month.

It’s worth noting that, in prior annual Payment Security reports, Verizon has revealed that no organizations were found to be fully compliant at the time of a breach, demonstrating lower compliance with ten out of the 12 PCI DSS key requirements. In addition, only 29 percent of companies are still fully compliant with PCI DSS less than a year after being validated. This speaks to a governance problem, as these firms are failing to commit to a sufficient level of continuous monitoring which will effectively manage both risk and compliance over time.

It’s clear that an ever-elevating threat landscape is creating formidable compliance and risk-management barriers: Based upon its analysis of nearly 41,700 security incidents and more than 2,010 breaches, the 2019 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) indicates that the finance industry accounted for 927 of those incidents (ranked #4 among all sectors) and 207 of the breaches (third overall, behind only the public sector and healthcare). These organizations also suffered the second-highest average cost of a data breach at $5.86 million – 49 percent greater than the $3.92 million global average for all industries, according to the 2019 Cost of a Data Breach Report from the Ponemon Institute and IBM.

What’s more, increasing activity in the cloud is adding to the complexities of data protection and compliance: Financial services organizations are allocating 41 percent of their IT budgets to the public cloud, up from 34 percent in 2018, according to research from Refinitiv. Sixty-seven percent of the industry’s firms either are already invested in Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)/public cloud offerings or are planning to, compared to 59 percent of companies in general, according to 451 Research. Fifty-five percent of these firms are either already invested in Platform as a Service (Paas) or are planning to, compared to 46 percent of companies in general.

However, despite the abundant activity in the cloud, there is much trepidation: Technologies supporting cloud migrations are considered the top contributor to cybersecurity risk for financial services organizations, as cited by three-fifths of the industry’s security practitioners, according to research from Ponemon. (Blockchain tools ranked #2, as cited by 52 percent of these professionals.)

At Caveonix, we have dedicated ourselves to helping financial services organizations readily comply, thus enabling them to better defend their data and systems – whether on-premise or in the cloud. Our Caveonix RiskForesight platform implements continuous compliance to ensure our customers are meeting regulatory standards across their infrastructure and applications. The solution tracks and reports adherence to compliance requirements, and determines the impact of configuration and vulnerability changes on compliance. RiskForesight detects compliance drift and how to bring it back into compliance.

RiskForesight distinguishes itself because it delivers an ongoing, continuous evaluation of where our customers stand, identifying and assessing compliance and risk wherever their data exists. The Caveonix team firmly believes that, if you can see it, you can quantify it. And if you can quantify it, you can apply the governance required to incorporate effective controls. We understand that satisfying regulations are about more than “checking boxes” – they’re about successfully managing risk and protecting information in the interest of operational integrity and brand reputation. If you’d like to talk about how we can work together to help solve your compliance/cybersecurity problems, then please contact us.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

CRITICALSTART CEO Rob Davis selected as EY Entrepreneur of the Year® 2020 Southwest Finalist

I'm so incredibly proud of Rob!! Congratulations!!! He's the best brother, mentor, and friend you could have. I still learn from him constantly. He's exacting and demanding of the best you can give, but selfless and giving to help you get there.

"Congratulations to CRITICALSTART CEO, Rob Davis, who has been selected by an independent panel of judges as an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Southwest Finalist. Rob was selected as a finalist for his vision, leadership, and determination in our ever-changing world.

Widely considered as one of the most prestigious business award programs in the U.S., this program recognizes entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance, and personal commitment to their businesses and communities- while also transforming our world.

Regional award winners will be virtually announced on Friday, October 2, 2020."

Friday, June 26, 2020

AWS, Accenture, Palo Alto: State of the Cloud

3000 people consulted from AWS, Accenture, Palo Alto Networks across
  • Financial Services and Insurance,
  • Consumer and Industrial Products,
  • Energy and Resources,
  • Technology and Telecommunications, and
  • Life Sciences And Healthcare

Download here:

Selected Highlights 
Compute spread: VMs 30%, containers 24%, CaaS 21%, PaaS 22%

We are in a multicloud, multi-compute world
  • 94% of organizations use more than 1 cloud platform
  • 60% use between 2 and 5 platforms
  • AWS is the most popular public cloud service provider
The top three challenges for moving workloads to the cloud
  • Technical complexity (42%)
  • Maintaining comprehensive security (39%)
  • Ensuring compliance (32%)
More security tools doesn’t necessarily mean better security
  • Companies investing more than $100 million in cloud are trimming the number of tools they use. 53% of this high-spending group use just 5 or fewer cloud security tools
  • Acquiring more tools and vendors can create inefficiencies and make employee tool training more difficult
  • Companies start to see overlaps between tools and vendor offerings, so they consolidate and rationalize tools and tool providers
  • 71% of companies use third-party vendor tools, 65% use CSP-provided security tools and 62% use open source tools
Cloud security spend is rapidly catching up with cloud spend
  • Cloud security spend is highest for companies with an annual cloud budget of $100 million or more
  • 34% of these high spenders allocate 16% or more of their cloud budget to security
Greatest challenge to providing comprehensive cloud security.
  1. Lack of visibility 15%
  2. Tool training 14%
  3. Safe practice training 11%
  4. Evaluating current state 11%
  5. Integration of security tools 10%
  6. Securing budget 10%
  7. Security reporting tools 8%
  8. Automation 6%
  9. Executive buy-in 4%
  10. Other 1%
More Numbers
  • 65% of survey organization’s invested more than 10% of their 2019 cloud budget in securing their cloud estates.
  • 58% use 6 or more cloud security vendors.
  • 57% use 6 or more cloud security tools.
  • 77% of companies have cloud security teams bigger than 20 people.