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

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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 Corrected withdrawn column which had one control mismarked and another not marked.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.