I love my job doing research for cybersecurity company CYR3CON. We hit our most exciting point two Fridays ago when the WannaCry ransomware attacks were swirling around the globe, and we realized that we had data suggesting hackers were plotting the attacks a month before. A lot of my job is monitoring hacker forums, and seeing results from the constant upkeep was satisfying – although next time, figuring out how to stop the attack altogether would be great.
I wrote about our team’s findings for Slate’s Future Tense blog. Check it out here if you want to know more.
Although my resume details my journalism experience, it doesn’t reflect my huge interest in tech. I do write for TechAZ.org right now, but it’s more than that – I volunteered in a cyberpsychology lab for three years and am currently a researcher at a cybersecurity company. I spend a lot of time researching malicious websites on the clearnet and darkweb, and let me tell you, I’ve learned some things about personal cybersecurity. If you’ve ever wondered about your own security, check out one of my latest articles on smart home devices here.
Big news – I will be defending my honors thesis in just two days! I have devoted about eight months to creating this project: parentingdigitalage.com
The website is a one-stop shop for parents who are looking to learn about the apps their teens are using. There are profiles of each app, an overview section about effects of internet and social media use, and a blog that will stay up-to-date on new apps and features.
Please check it out and provide feedback to ParentingDigitalAge@gmail.com. And definitely share, share, share!
Have you seen any Uber cars around Phoenix that look a little funny?
If it has an extra piece on top that spins furiously as the car moves, it’s one of ride-sharing company Uber’s self-driving cars. The cars were previously on the road in Pittsburgh and San Francisco, and now they’re getting ready to pick up Arizonans.
This semester I took an editing and design class and wanted to add my final projects to the website. The first is a six-page special edition news section on virtual reality, and the second is a magazine double truck based off a story we edited in class.
Just before Halloween, I covered a puppy adoption event in Flagstaff. After I filmed, the volunteers let me hold one of the tiny ones in the pen and it fell asleep on my lap. It was so hard not to take him home!
A few weeks ago I ventured out to the Tour de Fat biking and beer festival at Tempe Beach Park. Carrying camera equipment around in the midday heat while navigating through crowds of day-drunk people was a bit of a struggle – but I managed to get some kooky characters and fun events on screen.