Skills Matrix

By: simonguide

On: 2013.08.16

Tagged: about, insurance, leadership, life long learning, risk management, security, technology,

As I've noted previously, my goal is to be in a senior-level leadership position in 7-15 years. The ideal would be CIO, CTO, or CISO for either an insurance company or technology company. To achieve that sort of role it a combination of education and experience is required. Education is very easily quantified while real world experience is not. As such, I decided to create this Skills Matrix to document and advertise the experiences I've achieved. This is something we used to do in Search and Rescue to make it easy to build rescue teams based on specific situational requirements such as avalanche exposure, high-angle rope rescue, helicopter long line access, etc.

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Bash Script for Time Lapse Videos

By: simonguide

On: 2013.05.25

Tagged: technology, personal,

I wrote a bash script, I can share it if needed, that takes a screenshot of my computer every minute. After approximately a day (2700 pictures to be exact as that works out to 3 minutes of video at a 10fps rate) it automatically compiles said screenshots into a video.

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Basic IT Security Plan

By: simonguide

On: 2013.05.22

Tagged: technology, insurance, risk management, security,

I am in the process of writing an IT security plan specifically for my employer as it relates to web applications and storage of some very sensitive PII (personally identifiable information). I cannot post the entire plan here, nor will I post specific security measures. I did want to start a post on the overall, basic concepts of an IT security plan as it relates to web applications. Naturally these concepts apply to all the code I write and I think it should also be taken into consideration by mobile app developers and others writing code without security.

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The Next Mobile Threats

By: simonguide

On: 2013.04.24

Tagged: security, ideas, technology,

I'm currently writing a completely benign app that is related to discovering sales on a users favourite products. I should be clear up front that I am not a malicious user and will never write viruses or malicious apps. The information provided below is for prediction, curiosity, and information purposes only.

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IBM X-force 2012 Threat Landscape

By: simonguide

On: 2013.04.23

Tagged: data, security, technology,

I was very fortunate, today, to be invited to attend a seminar where IBM Canada’s Chief Security Architect summarized their X-force Threat Landscape report. This report is put out bi-annually by IBM with the intent of summarizing the threats their unified security division is seeing and the trends the IT industry is facing. The X-Force Threat Landscape Report can be found here.

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PHP Variable Functions as a Security Flaw

By: simonguide

On: 2013.04.02

Tagged: technology,

My girlfriend is taking a Code Academy course and was given the exercise of writing a Rock/Paper/Scissors game. I was pondering it (last night at 1am) and thought you could do something really quick & easy with variable function names in PHP. I wrote the following code:

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Data Problems Faced by the Insurance Industry

By: simonguide

On: 2013.02.27

Tagged: data, insurance, technology, life long learning,

I’ve got a data problem. Well, we [Guardian Risk Managers] do. As with most insurance companies, a lot of reporting is done in Excel spreadsheets. We are generating a rolling earthquake aggregate report based on a bordereaux of policies. We were also generating a contract-year report based on those same spreadsheets but realized it was collecting incorrect data as the contracts renewed/changed. I am now in the process of building a full database solution to collect the data, never loose it, and provide automated reporting/analysis.

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Hacking: The Next Generation

By: simonguide

On: 2013.02.18

Tagged: life long learning, technology, amorphous_projects, reading list, risk management,

These are notes from:

Nitesh Dhanjani, Billy Rios, Brett Hardin (2009) ~ Hacking:The Next Generation ~ O'Rielly Media

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Cross Site Scripting (XSS) Experiment

By: simonguide

On: 2013.02.08

Tagged: security, life long learning, technology,

For obvious reasons server/web security has become crucially important to me recently.

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Interviews with Naveen Jain

By: simonguide

On: 2012.11.28

Tagged: technology, life long learning, reading list,

This is a really cool series of interviews with Naveen Jain of Infospace.

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Archive of Posts

I'm a SysAdmin!!!

Insurance Technology Development

Filters, Leveraging The Next Big Thing

User interaction in design #7: Location Familiarity

CloudCamp Vancouver Notes

Risk Management in Technology #15: Browser Plugin Idea

Social Spam Buster

Risk Management in Technology #14: Intangible Property

Risk Management in Technology #13: Communicating

"Cyber Event" Disclosure Guidelines

Business & Economics - MIT

Mobile Device UI Design

New Skype/Facebook Chat

Life Long Learning #1 - The Economist Today

Secure or Paranoid?

App Discovery (again/still)

$_SESSION's Are Bad

How Do Patients Gather Information

Risk Management in Technology #12: Support

Insurance & Technology #3: Customer Relations Management

Risk Management in Technology #11: Overall Process

Risk Management in Technology #10: NoSQL & Replicating Nodes

User interaction in design #6: Purchase Cycle

Insurance & Technology #2: Email

User interaction in design #5: Form Layout

An Idea/Suggestion for Javascript Progressive Enhancement

Insurance & Technology #1: Blogging

Risk Management in Technology #9: Scalabitity

//LEFTOFF Task Tag

Risk Management in Technology #8

Chrome & Mobile Web Development

User interaction in design #3

Risk Management in Technology #7

Google is Amazing

Risk Management in Technology #6

User interaction in design #2

Risk Management in Technology #5

Risk Management in Technology #4

Risk Management in Technology #3

Risk Management in Technology #2

Risk Management in Technology #1: As a Toolbox

This is the blog of Simon Le Pine. I write about a number of varied topics including my technology startup, the insurance company I work for, my running/climbing/skiing, and the MBA I'm working towards. I organize posts into the following categories to make browsing by topic easy:

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