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Freelancing Security Again, some thoughts on Norse

Posted by on June 27, 2016.

I just finished startup #3 and I am back to freelancing again. I have to admit that I totally do enjoy working with startups regardless of consistently residing in the O-My-God-I-Am-Now-Crashing-Again lane. My favorite startup (though not my favorite crash) was Norse. Why would I say this when so many bad things went down at the end of it all?

security thinking thoughts on Norse

For the most part—Norse was hot in 2015. They were loved. They were hated. They were controversial. I was the publication manager and had to pick up certain pieces of their reputation on social media. It wasn’t always easy. But, fortunately there was some pretty awesome employees that were such a fabulous “combined” think tank, that regardless of killchain C-Suite mismanagement—Norse was able to gain some pretty good online traction until it’s demise at the start of 2016.

Norse ex-employees are now spread far and wide across many security sectors. They are strong, talented, extremely intelligent and a great catch for any company that they choose to work with. I miss them!

Why am I writing this post

Because I want them to know (ex-Norse employees), in the world of security—I felt a special bond to such an awesome crowd of security folks. Regardless of the direction I move in (whether to go with another startup or to continue in freelance) that having known many in my virtual and real life stream inspired me. Great peeps deserve recognition.

That SANs Instructor BULLY

Pew, PEW on you dude and shame on you for being such an online bully. So sad that you work for a company I once admired too! You bullied Norse and you consistently bullied one of my Norse blog contributors. I hope you feel really awesome about your online social media activities and how you turned me off on SANS. All it takes is one badass bully to discredit his company—you played that part well. I am sure that your EGO is totally stoked. It’s people like you that ruin it for company brand. It’s also people like you who turn off people like me from ever considering anything that has to do with your current company. You did not stop with Norse either, but sent your online bully pal to pick on the same blog contributor at Startup #3. PEW PEW dude, you’re an ass . . .

Yes, I can write what I want to write here

This is thought leader territory. Even if my post included a “typo” — my blog post would go live here. No anal, oh-No-I-have-to-watch-what-I-write-here brouhaha. It’s all good. It’s like having a mind loose on bourbon—revealing thoughts that you are thinking about and bringing down the mighty pen to amplify it.

Where am I heading now?

In the realm of security I am going to write both in very broad areas and on the much narrower topic of insider threats. I am also going back to the Darknet. I miss the adrenaline rush, the secrets, and the drama. Cybercriminal behaviors make me curious and intrigued at the same time. No, I am not rubbing the genie bottle, but I must admit — treading in treacherous terrain is far more exciting than a 9-5 job.


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One thought on “Freelancing Security Again, some thoughts on Norse

  1. To most people, becoming a freelancer is something you do when you can’t get a “real job”. But to anyone who freelances, you know it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to keep your clients happy, while making sure the bills are paid (and you still have time to sleep each day — and eat).

    I started Careful Cents, and my freelancing career, in June 2011 and have since grown this side gig into a full-fledged business, that includes several team members and monthly contributors.

    So, when I was asked to speak on a freelancing panel for FinCon14, I of course said, “Yes”. Not only have I been to FinCon for the past 3 years (see all of my recaps here), but it’s been one of the biggest points for launching and growing my freelance writing + consulting business.

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