After 13 years of working at Gartner, I will be joining the SANS organization on 21 January, with the fancy title of Director of Emerging Security Trends. I'll be helping SANS continue their growth in a number of different areas, and I'm looking forward continuing to "Fight the Good Fight" in security at SANS - working to break through the fog of hype and barriers to better security practices. I will be back to blogging about various security issues but haven't yet figured out whether that will be here or somewhere else.
In the meantime:
The Washington DC area was literally fogged in most of this weekend and Carl and I chose to do some familiar loops at Gambrills State Park, home of the famous Ripped Abs Shovel Man statue. There are usually many great view spots on the Yellow and Black trails but visibility was about 100 yards, so this was basically an exercise hike. A few remnants of snow on the shadier spots, lots of evidence of trees that came down from the various big winds that have blown through in recent months.
We ran into some hams maintaining the 147.06 repeater up on the ridge, saw a few other hardy hikers fighting the fog and discussed all the important issues of the day - like why poor Brent Musburger was being pilloried by the press for some pretty great family-oriented advice ("Kids, go out in the yard and throw footballs with your Dad and maybe you'll grow up to have a girlfriend like that") when they showed shots of the Alabama quarterback's hot Miss Alabama girlfriend in the stands.
Headed home and then Carole, Lauren, Drew and I spent a nice afternoon down in DC at the relatively new Union Market- a really eclectic place to slurp oysters, knibble knishes and eat empanadas on a continuing dreary Sunday afternoon.