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An Update from JJ
Last Updated on Sunday, 8 February 2009 07:06
Written by jj
Sunday, February 8th, 2009

I promised in 2009 I’d be a better blogger and I haven’t followed through on that quite yet, but hang in there. While I’ve been ‘not’ blogging, I have been working on a variety of customer projects, labs, getting our new engineers up to speed, running beta tests for partners and working out the upcoming calendar for presentations and speaking engagements.

Sure- they take away from blog-time, but It’s all these fun things that give me the ammunition for good blogs and while I have a LOT of them rattling around in my head, for the past several months, I’ve had just enough time to jot the gist down on a scratch pad before heading out to tackle the next ’emergency’.

So what have I been doing? Well to start, during Q4 of 2008 and January of this year, our company hired three more engineers, an account manager and communications/marketing manager along with a couple of internal support personnel. Now instead of just keeping up with what I’m working on, I’ve been tasked with managing the majority of engineering resources and projects. You’ll probably hear more about the new hires and additional projects we’re taking on soon.

In addition to that, we’ve been running tests, betas and lab configurations for a variety of products from our partners. Again, when it’s time I’ll share more information on that. For now most information is on NDA. This is some of the fun stuff I get to do… pounding away on products in a lab without the reprocussions of a production environment is like being able to draw all over your Mom’s white walls with Crayons. There’s something terribly fulfilling about it.

Of course I’m also working on materials for 2009 talks on the new (upcoming) 802.1X-Revision, which will have a huge impact on how organizations (especially government and enterprise) will design wired and wireless networks from here forward.

Outside of my regular duties at work, I’m very active in ISSA and was tapped to be the Chapter Development Chair and work with a team to carry out projects, trainings, membership outreach and special programs. That’s been going well and in January and February (so far) we’ve run recovery programs and reconnected with about 20% of past members, created a Raleigh ISSA Facebook community and are working on website and communications upgrades.

I’ve also been working out the 2009 schedule for conferences and speaking engagements. Obviously It’s only February 8th, so events past summer-ish are still not completely baked.

For now, here are some of the places you can find me…
(Up to date schedule maintained at )

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Talking NAC at ILTA
Last Updated on Friday, 22 August 2008 11:12
Written by jj
Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

Next Tuesday, the 26th, Shimmy and I will both be participating in the Endpoint Security and NAC Technologies Panel at the ILTA (International Legal Technology Association) 2008 Conference in Texas.

Some of our other online friends at ILTA…

  • Jenn Steele
    “Best Practices in Professional Development in Law Firms” panel, Mon
    “Business Continuity Technologies that Work for Law Firms of All Sizes and Shapes” panel, Mon
  • David Hobbie
    “Matter Intelligence: Leveraging Information Over The Matter Life-Cycle” , Tues
  • Doug Cornelius
    “Experience Management – Case Studies in Tackling a Difficult Challenge” panel, Mon
    “Wikis in Law Firms” panel, Mon
  • Official ILTA 2008 Blog

If you’re at ILTA, please stop in and say hello! I’ll be arriving Sunday I believe, to attend the speakers meeting and floating around Monday.

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Culture, not Conference: Anecdotes of Black Hat & Defcon
Last Updated on Saturday, 28 January 2012 07:11
Written by jj
Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

I didn’t have a clue what I was in for…

This was my first adventure to the infamous Black Hat and Defcon Conferences, held back to back in Las Vegas. Black Hat was probably a good segue (for me) into the Defcon culture, which managed to add volumes more chaos and debauchery to the already existing confusion of sin city. (more…)

JJ’s Security Q&A Month…
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 August 2008 04:28
Written by JJ
Friday, June 6th, 2008

What do you want to hear about?

In addition to our Black Hat Blogging time between now and early August, I’m declaring June ‘Ask JJ’ month. I frequently get questions emailed from readers, either in response to a previous post, or with questions on a new subject. It occured to me that others probably have the same questions, so I figured a month of Q&A free-for-all would be a fun way to address all those burning IT and security questions you’ve been bottling up inside…

The plan is to collect questions in June and post replies in July, or perhaps in earlier if I can manage to squeeze in a few extra hours in the day.

What to ask? Whatever YOU want to know about- just ask! If you read my blog, you know my specialties are in network security, NAC and 802.1X as well as general networking and standards and wireless technologies and security. You can ask about a technology, a product, a vendor, even my ‘opinion’, if you really want to hear that.

You can ask other stuff too… If it strikes my fancy and I think it’s interesting enough, I’ll research it and get an answer, or perhaps invite a guest expert to respond. And if it’s not so interesting I may just ignore it, so be prepared for that too.

How to ask? Oh we’re full of options here. Either post a reply/comment to this topic, or use the email form on my blog at to submit a request by email. You can include your name and/or contact info or not- up to you.

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Heading to a Long Weekend of Dance
Last Updated on Monday, 21 July 2008 11:48
Written by JJ
Friday, May 23rd, 2008

After many days, weeks and months of working on various customer and company projects, I’m taking the weekend off! (Yes, I usually work weekends and use the time to read, review and catch up.)

Most of my dance peeps have already trekked down to Atlanta for the 2008 USA Grand Nationals  Dance Comp- a professional show of Shag and West Coast Swing dancers from across the country. I’ll be heading out in just a few hours with one of my friends to join the flock.

In case you haven’t kept up with previous posts, I used to compete in Shag (looong ago), then American Ballroom and, most recently, West Coast Swing. This event is the perfect spot to see fellow friends and dancers from today and yesteryear.

Because of my work schedule, I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus for the past couple of years. I won’t be competing here, but it’s a great competition to watch and the best group of people around!

I’m excited and I hope to get back on the photo-taking bus and have lots of fun and goofy shots to share next week.

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