Those are the boring official ones. What you really want to know is how I can (and why I want to) help you. Let me tell you a story.
February 2017 I was exhausting my Post 911 GI Bill in the final semester of a graduate program in Cybersecurity at the University of Maryland. (The University of Maryland has a heavy online presence and caters to the active duty and veteran military. It’s like a mini West Point but without all the prestige, and accolades.) During the final stretch, I received a call from the Program Director for the CyberOperations program at the UofA. He asked if I’d be interested in teaching in his program.
My first class as an adjunct professor was terrifying. Like the 3rd grade spelling bee I didn’t study for. I thought I’d be the dumbest person in the room. Surprisingly I was wrong. I actually had something to teach the students. And they loved it. Well, not all of them. I guess it’s not possible to please everyone all the time.
I mostly learned of ransomware like everyone else did. Through news reports. The thing that troubled me was how every report was basically the same. The same attack. The same result. The same recommendations from the security industry. Create good backups.
Problem was, the attackers were getting smarter. The recommendations lost their effectiveness. And small businesses were terribly unprepared. So I started CyberEye to solve that. And to ensure I knew what I was doing, I pursued industry certifications to enhance the knowledge I gained pursuing my graduate degree.