I'm Beau Woods and This is How I Pwn.

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Location: Earth
Current Gig: I Am The Cavalry
One word that best describes how you work: Motivated
Current mobile device: iPhone
Current computer: Mac Book Pro

First of all, tell us a little about [yourself/your company], and why you [founded the company].

The world around us is increasingly being computerized and connected. As one of the first generation of people to have grown up surrounded by these elements anyway, the change is harder to see, but the effects are easy to conceive. The technology we surround ourselves with in our day jobs are creeping into our home, our commute, our leisure time, and our families. As we transplant these technologies from our desktop to our environment, the failures to protect corporate assets in our day jobs come to affect the people and ideals we value more. As we look around to see who is keeping those failures from impacting human life and public safety we found that there was no one in charge. We found that we were the adults in the room, and that scared the hell out of us. We must be the ones to save ourselves. We chose to make a personal attestation that we each recognize we must make the change that we want to see, that we will not allow failures to stop us, that we are powerful and responsible. The Cavalry isn't coming to save us...it falls to us. I Am The Cavalry.

workspace ft. lauderdale
--workspace, Ft. Lauderdale


What apps, software, or tools can't you live without (doesn't have to be security related)? Why?

Lately I find that the tools (apps, software, or whatever) that I can't do without are tied to philosophies: connection and exploration.

Communication tools let me stay in touch (Slack, Wickr, Skype, KnowRoaming, Twitter, email, Google Voice, SMS, headset).

Expression tools help me organize my thoughts and accurately convey them (whiteboard/paper, Power Point, Word, Trello).

Analysis tools help me understand what I think and what I need to be thinking (Excel and various individual workflows).

Reading and Podcasting tools let me explore ideas and adventures, as well as do research (Kindle, books, Longform, Audible, Stitcher, YouTube, Browser).

Various travel/exploration tools facilitate exploration in the real world (Foursquare, Geocaching, AirBnB, Ingress, Kayak, iCurrency, Weather).

Automation tools span both of those philosophies and allow me to offload repetitive and mistake/skip prone tasks (IFTTT, Google Alerts, Calendar).

What's your workspace setup like? (provide a pic or two, if possible)

Highly varied. Since I travel full time, I'm hardly in the same place for too long. I like minimal workspaces though. Laptop, book, mobile device, headset, scratch paper or post-its, coffee or water. That's about it.

workspace London
--workspace, Mexico City


What's your favorite security tool or app (if you didn't already answer this above)?

Kali Linux is great for playing around or geeking out for a while. I like Prey to be able to track my laptop and mobile devices if they get lost (hasn't happened yet). VPNs are a MUST for coffee shops, sketchy airport wifi, and other places.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can't you live without and why?

A headset. Wired or wireless, these are critical for having on calls. I'm pretty annoyed with the general quality of bluetooth gear and I prefer wired headsets that I can plug into my phone and that have a nice long mic that reach my mouth. I may look like I work at Gap, but it sounds crystal clear with no extra battery drain and I can have my hands and legs free.

What security fu are you better at than everyone else? What's your secret?

Bridging security to others: executives, professionals (doctors and lawyers), blue collar workers, policymakers, etc. The key is to make a concerted effort to learn their language, customs, ideas, and mental models. All good hackers do this when they're learning how to attack or defend a new technology or situation, but for some reason we don't make that conceptual leap from technology to people and systems.

What do you listen to while you work?

Usually nothing, or maybe some Classical. Sometimes - when I need to really just generate and let the juices flow - I'll throw on some Skrillex, or the old Grey Album, or something loud with a great flow.

--workspace, London


What are you currently reading?

I like to keep several things open at once. In the mornings I like to read something to learn and get juices flowing, in the evening a novel to wind down and turn my brain off. Superhuman by Habit, The Phoenix Project, and Influence: Science and Practice are all open right now for my morning reading. I just finished up Cat's Cradle and Heart of Darkness so it's time for new evening reads.

How do you learn new skills?

Practice. That's what we old folks used to call "fail fast and iterate" as kids these days would say. Seriously, there's no substitute for just doing, building on success, abandoning failure, and persevering.

What security app or tool do you *wish* existed?

Too many security tools exist, and not enough other apps and tools build security in. I've got a whole long rant about that so I won't get started on it.

Fill in the blank: I'd love to see _________ answer these same questions.

Great question. Elon Musk.

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