About Matthew Peretz: Cybersecurity studies and academic background
I am a student – both literally and figuratively. I am currently taking academic courses in Cybersecurity (Information Security), with the goal of obtaining industry certifications such as A+, Network+ and ultimately SSCP/CISSP. I also have a liberal arts degree from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and an M.S.W.
I am also a ‘lifelong student’ of many, many different topics and subjects ranging from technology, neuroscience, cognitive science, Eastern philosophy, Skepticism, physics, history, culture, and much more.
I’m a reader, and have been since before I can remember. I think that has something to do with my passion for such an eclectic range of subjects and my ability to write about them.
My work experience is also diverse. I have been a managing editor/tech journalist of several technology Websites (at the former Internet.com). I have worked in fields ranging from social work to accounting, to owning my own gourmet food store. My passion, however, has always been learning and reading in the areas I mention above.
I have also had to adapt to various changes in the economy, such as the collapse of the Internet bubble and more than one recession. I go back to my roots as a student and attempt to create a new, useful skill-set, as I am doing now.
My academic performance in the cybersecurity coursework is as I expected (I expect nothing less than A-level grades) and I am about to take 3 more courses in the Spring 2013 semester.
I have become extremely interested in Security Awareness as a potential niche in the more general topic of Cybersecurity/Information Security & Forensics. That is why I have started this blog and oriented the content in that direction.