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 http://securityuncorked.com/schedule/ )

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Author, speaker, and recognized authority on network and wireless security architectures, Jennifer (JJ) Minella helps organizations solve technical problems and align teams.

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