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Josh More: Data Security

Certifications: CISSP, GIAC-GSLC Gold, GIAC-GCIH


I am a security advisor, author and presenter with over 15 years experience in information technology. I focus on Lean and Agile approaches to security challenges, including CISO services, technical assessments and remediation assistance. Through the use of continual improvement techniques, I help businesses increase their security posture over time while minimizing impact to production.


Experience – Full Time

September 2011 – Present

Director of Security Services

RJS Smart Security

Security Strategy:

  • Created Lean Security strategy for consultancy, from marketing to service delivery, including profitability studies.
  • Created flow-based project management methodology for internal use and guiding client projects.
  • Devised rapid assessment processes to reduce costs and speed delivery for traditional assessment types.
  • Revised traditional security assessments to focus directly on business needs: Data, Disaster Recovery, Compliance.
  • Defined Security consulting team’s core technology suite, balancing discovery needs against cost to clients.
  • Performed CISO services to companies in Development, Financial, Health and Entrepreneurial industries.
  • Designed new data assessment process for multi-national hospitality chain.
  • Created data security management strategy for development firm’s primary product offering.


Security Tactics:

  • Assessed vendor technologies to vet solutions for internal and external use: Global Velocity, Bit9, Sourcefire, Barrier1.
  • Analyzed legacy ASP.NET/SQL Server application for HIPAA/HITECH compliance with focus on data storage issues.
  • Assessed outsourced billing services business to determine changes needed to meet HIPAA/HITECH requirements .
  • Designed and managed strategic plan to develop new business units for expanding services to consumer market .
  • Performed vulnerability and data assessment for national retirement community management servicer.


November 2004 – September 2011

Senior Security Consultant

Alliance Technologies

Security Strategy:

  • Researched public data to detect data leaks and prepare for penetration tests.
  • Wrote custom reporting system to save $25,000 yearly in licensing costs.
  • Guided intrusion recovery efforts for clients for malware incidents with thefts in excess of $500,000
  • Assessed vendors: Encryption, IDS/IPS, Anti-malware, Perimeter Protection, Email Control, Web Filtering, WAF.
  • Consulted for compliance with PCI-DSS, HIPAA/HITECH, FDIC, SOX and the FTC Red Flag Rules.
  • Provided outsourced Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) duties for medium businesses and enterprises.
  • Created emergency disaster recovery servers for failing but critical clients’ legacy servers.


Security Tactics:

  • Conducted network and web-focused vulnerability scans for companies of all sizes and industry verticals.
  • Ran incident management program, focused on isolation, determination and correction of security incidents.
  • Performed forensic analysis on corrupted and deliberated deleted data for lawsuits up to $20,000,000.
  • Consolidated legacy email, web, database and network support systems for increased security and 90% cost reduction.
  • Performed highly complex data and contract analysis of multi-party code escrow dispute.
  • Designed system to securely transfer large files between businesses in a user-friendly manner.
  • Designed and developed highly hardened Linux systems for Web, FTP and Java hosting, saving $80,000 yearly.
  • Managed shared data for entire company: data analysis, expiration, archiving and centralization.
  • Maintained complex set of Solaris servers and zones for stability and security.
May 1999 – November 2004

Product Manager / Security Analyst

Mail Services Inc / Clement Claibourne

Security Strategy:

  • Implement system standards for Linux, Windows and SCO Unix-based systems.
  • Ensured products’ technical compliance with the Graham-Leach-Bliley Privacy Act and HIPAA.
  • Devised password, role, and data management policies for improved security and privacy.
  • Designed and oversaw development of multi-platform and multi-algorithm encryption system.
  • Drafted policies for the secure handling of sensitive customer data.


Security Tactics:

  • Implemented automatic synchronization to backup systems for redundancy and disaster recovery.
  • Automated security maintenance on nation-wide cluster of Linux systems.
  • Developed automated file processing system via HTTP, FTP and SMTP parsing, conversion, and processing.
  • Automated lossless data compression, resulting in a 90% gain in system resources.
  • Managed 20 Linux-based Internet-connected servers and 40+ SCO Unix-based LAN-connected servers.



November 1996 – May 1999

User Consultant / Help Desk Technician

Grinnell College

Security Tactics:

  • Analyzed applications for network inclusion, with a focus on stability and security.
  • Audited existing applications for adherence to security requirements.
  • Secured Windows and Macintosh systems against unauthorized users and malicious applications.


Experience – Contract and Volunteer

January 2012 – Present


  • Vendor Assessment Handbook, author, book to be released in 2013
  • Job Reconnaissance: Using technology to win the job hunt game, author, book to be released in 2013
  • Using Metaphors for Critical Communication”, author, paper to be released in 2013
  • Breaking In To Information Security, co-author, book to be released in 2013
  • Lean Security 101, author, comic book released 2012
  • UTM Security with Fortinet: Mastering FortiOS, co-author, book released 2012
  • Measuring Psychological Variables of Control in Information Security”, author, paper released in 2011


January 2008 – Present

Exam Author


  • GIAC Certifications: GWEB, GWAPT, GSLC, GCFA


December 2005 – Present

Author Support

Pearson Education / Novell Press / O’Reilly Press / Syngress / Elsivier

  • Supported numerous book processes as editor and reviewer: Liars and Outliers, UTM Security with Fortinet, Security+ Review Guide , Novell Cluster Services for Linux and NetWare, FreeBSD 6 Unleashed , X Power Tools , Linux in a Nutshell.


January 2006 – Present

Community Leadership and Assistance

  • Head of Cyber division of Iowa Infragard: an FBI-vetted business/government collaboration.
  • Ran annual Infragard conference focused on security communication and education.
  • Hosted and ran meetings as President of local Linux Users’ Group.
  • Member of Iowa community groups: Agile Users Group, Iowa Bloggers, ISSA, Cyber Defense Competition at ISU
  • Member of Minnesota community groups: OWASP, ISSA, DC612, ISC(2) , Practical Agility





  • Lean Security 201 – Lean/Agile Security practice, at numerous venues throughout 2012 and 2013
  • Lean Security 101 – Lean/Agile Security theory and techniques, at numerous venues throughout 2012 and 2013
  • Pen Testing Security Vendors – for DerbyCon 2012
  • Natural Compliance: PCI and HIPAA – at numerous venues throughout 2012 and 2013
  • Credit Card Security – PCI compliance issues for small businesses accepting credit cards
  • Health Data Security – HIPAA compliance issues for medical clinics, insurance agents and hospitals
  • Information Warfare – review of public data attacks and defense for Iowa Infragard



SANS MGMT 414 – CISSP Mentor Session

  • Taught students the ten domains of Information Security to prepare them for the CISSP exam.
  • Emphasized practical security concerns within their respective professional environments.




  • Analyze business processes, systems and networks to determine long term security strategies at minimal cost.
  • Implement replacements for legacy services, with emphasis on efficiency, security, and reliability.
  • Devise technical, social and political solutions for compliance with industry regulations.
  • Conduct feasibility studies and pilot programs for potential implementations.
  • Present findings to business owners, managers and technical leads.



  • Linux: SLES, OpenSUSE, RedHat, RHEL, Fedora, Mandrake, CentOS, Ubuntu, Backtrack, Debian, Knoppix, Slackware
  • Microsoft: DOS 3.3 – 6.2, Windows 3.1, 95, 98, NT, ME, 2000, and XP, 2000, 2003, 2008
  • Unix: Solaris, SCO OpenServer, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, OSX, HP/UX, Irix, TRU64
  • Other: Mac Classic, Cisco IOS, PalmOS, OpenVMS
  • Web: Google Apps, Mediawiki, Joomla, WordPress, Drupal


Security Tools

  • Unified Threat Management: Fortinet, Astaro, Watchguard, CheckPoint, Barrier1, Cisco, IPCop
  • Web Protection: Imperva, CloudFlare, Sophos UTM, mod_security2, php-suhosin, Apache2, IIS
  • Managed Services: Alert Logic, Solutionary Activeguard, Google Message Security, ShadowServer Alerting
  • Endpoint Protection: Sophos, Bit9, Safeguard, Symantec, ClamAV, iptables, tcpwrappers, AppArmor
  • Network Assessment: Nessus, OpenVAS, Core Impact, nmap, kismet, metasploit, Zenmap, ExploitDB
  • Monitoring: mon, n-able, monit, nagios, collectd, tcpdump, ethereal, wireshark
  • Public Analysis: Paterva Maltego, SearchDiggity,, snoopstation, many custom scripts
  • Private Analysis: John the Ripper, Ophcrack, CheckRootKit, RKhunter, Exiftool
  • Web Assessment: Burpsuite, NetSparker, nikto, Rat Proxy, Skipfish, Accunetix



  • Web: Apache 1.3.x-2.x, mod_perl, PHP, ruby, mongrel_cluster, squid, Tomcat/J2EE
  • Web Systems:, Gallery, eWiki, Twiki, SugarCRM, dotProject, dokuwiki
  • Email Systems: Qmail, GroupWise, Vpopmail, Squirrelmail, Courier IMAP, ezmlm, Sendmail, Postfix
  • Database Services: PostgreSQL, MySQL, Berkley DB, SQL Relay
  • File Services: ProFTPd, Vsftpd, NFS, samba, Novell file services
  • System Administration: OpenSSH, NFS, cron, subversion, VNC, CUPS, OpenLDAP, yum, eDirectory
  • Web Clients: Firefox, Mozilla / Netscape, Firefox, Opera, Internet Explorer, elinks, w3m, telnet
  • Graphic: Gimp, Inkscape, Bibble, ImageMagick, PaintshopPro, Photoshop, POVray, Ghostscript/PCL
  • Backup Tools: SyncSort Backup Express, amanda, LoneTar, bacula, tar, zip, bzip, gzip
  • Virtualization: VMWare, VirtualBox, Xen, Solaris Containers/Zones



  • Scripting: Perl, Unix Shell, Javascript, PHP, Ruby, Python, SQL, Expect, DCL, Windows Batch
  • Compiled: C, C++, Java, Scheme, Pascal, Fortran, Basic, POVray, Logo
  • Descriptive: HTML, DHTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, YAML, TEX


Networking Protocols

  • Standard: HTTP, FTP, SMTP, Telnet, TCP/IP, POP3, IMAP, NTP, DNS, IRC, SMB
  • Secured: HTTPS, FTPS, IPsec, SSH, IMAPS, POP3S


Data Sources

  • Industries: Municipalities, Banks, Credit Unions, Utilities, Medical, Development, Collections, Health Care, Trucking, Insurance, Nonprofits, Political Parties, Retail, Manufacturing, Retirement, Software, Publishing, Distributing, Utilities
  • Formats: Delimited, Mainframe extractions, IBM and AS400 spools, Word, Excel, Access, DBase, Foxpro, PDF, Postscript, PCL, XML, Raster graphics, Mailspools