Where I’m Going and What I’m Leaving Behind

by Bill Brenner on May 16, 2016

Last week I announced my impending move from Akamai to encryption company PKWARE, where I’ll be senior content strategist. This post is for those who have asked why. It’s also a tribute to the company I’m leaving behind.

Mood music:

I’m leaving because I’m ready for a new adventure, the next step of my professional evolution. After several conversations with the folks at PKWARE, it became clear that I could make a mark there and have a much-needed refresh.

Akamai was a great run.

I made a lot of friends there who I’ll remain in touch with.

The company let me swing for the fences. I got to build a security section for the website and play a big role in creating the company’s new Security Intelligence Research Team (Akamai SIRT). In the latter role, I helped create a security version of the State of the Internet report and analyze attack data in ways we never had before.

I got to work with some of the best security researchers in the industry and experienced hands-on the tricky art of incident response, vulnerability management and new-hire security training.

There were many journeys outside the comfort zone for a guy who had approached security as a journalist in previous years.

It was also a privilege to work for a company with such a rich history.

I learned a lot about co-founder Danny Lewin from those who worked with him back in the day. The story of his courage on 9-11 (he was aboard the plane that hit the North Tower of the WTC) inspired me to push myself all the harder.

I’ll also be forever grateful to Akamai for giving me enough rope to climb the jagged mountains of 2015 — a year in which my aunt and father died a week apart, and I found myself picking up the pieces of the old family business.

That part of life has settled down, and I’m ready for more responsibility. I’ll certainly get that at PKWARE.

To say I’m stoked is an understatement.

As I work to build a fresh content strategy there, I’ll continue to write for this blog and Liquidmatrix Security Digest. My podcasting will expand at PKWARE, and I’ll be doing a lot more with video as well. I’ll also continue to make my presence known at such security conferences as RSA, Black Hat, DEF CON and BSides.

Time to buckle up. My next mission is about to begin.

Phoenix station in space

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