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An experienced cybersecurity leader serving as the President & CEO of The Penn Group. I hold the CISSP, CCSP, CAP, and Security+ certifications.
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A leader without context is a critic.

During the 2020, COVID-19 Pandemic, I watched in awe as the Federal and State Governments of the United States struggled to contain what appeared to be an emerging pandemic. The data showed, cases cropping up one by one in state after state as the country was gripped by the prospect…


I Quit Writing For 3 Months

Influence, according to Google is the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behavior of someone or something, or the effect itself. Influence is the essential key to the enrichment of relationships, leading people, and orchestrating business. If influence is so essential, then it would be reasonable…


What is a lie? A lie is a falsehood, a mistruth, a debt that is incurred to the truth?

With the close of 2020, we ended an era. Like the roaring twenties or the disco revolution of the 1970s, 2010–2020 (the 20s) will be known as the period in which truth left us. In the Information Age, for the first time, we as a society could air our grievances…


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SolarWinds: A Legendary Breach

It isn’t uncommon for a Cybersecurity professional to be kept up at night. With a constant onslaught of security threats and emerging vulnerabilities, the field of information security is not for those who are prone to worry. As the President and CEO of The Penn Group, I’ve seen my fair…


Learn how to build a cybersecurity program from the cybersecurity strategy down to tactical technical security.

Build a cybersecurity program.

Building a cybersecurity program is an interesting challenge within the scope of today’s Information Technology landscape. As the President & CEO of The Penn Group, building an information security program that is cost effective…


Cybersecurity Strategy: Compliance < Security

For as long as information security has been a function of the organization, there has been justified tension between focusing on compliance and pursuing security in the matter of cybersecurity strategy. As the President & CEO of The Penn Group, I often hear one of the most frustrating pressures to…


The best way to reinvigorate your job is to fire yourself.

The best way to reinvigorate your job is to fire yourself.

We have all been stuck in the rut that feels like an eternity. You get to the office 5 minutes late, wipe the sleep out of your eyes, and plop down at your desk. Staring at your computer for…


She said Yes

It was a brutally steamy evening in the summer of 2019, about mid-June. As with standard procedure, I was wearing a blue ultra-flex Ralph Lauren suit, with light brown chelsea boots . I plopped down on the bench and looked down the long bleacher. We were at a baseball game…


The Misinformation Problem

The Misinformation Problem

With my deep background in cybersecurity, the scale and the depth of the effectiveness of misinformation is of the foremost concern. 2020, as an election year, isn’t a war waged on interest or ideals, but manipulation and division. Never before in our nation’s history has it been easier to spin…


Are you frustrated at work?

In 2017, I was sitting in a board room listening to my boss’s boss talk about the results of an employee survey. In the packed room on the third floor of our corporate office sat all of the big personalities within the IT group. As the boss, who most people…

Austin Harman, CISSP

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