Friday, June 4, 2010

No Longer With Anonymizer

I guess this is a bit late but it shouldn’t be Earth-shattering news to anyone. April 30th was my last day at Anonymizer. I had never before been in the position of leaving a job I liked but an opportunity fell into my lap that was too good to pass up. I’ve taken up a position as a security engineer at a Fortune 500 company in the Silicon Valley area that’s doing a lot of interesting things and has a lot of interesting challenges to wrestle with. As such, I had to relocate to the valley which, aside from moving away from my friends and family, was an exciting proposition.

There are a few things I’d like to say about Anonymizer. First and foremost is that they really are passionate about people’s privacy. Lots of people have said that it’s the perfect place for the government to back door to spy on us citizens. While that’s an accurate observation, at the time I left there was no back door, no special eavesdropping equipment or privileges for anyone, and no plans for those things to change. Unfortunately I can’t go into further detail without risking disclosing proprietary information. I believe in the products I used, Nyms and Anonymizer Universal, enough to continue using them to protect my privacy.

I would also like to mention that Anonymizer was a really interesting place to work. If you’re in the San Diego area and you think you know your stuff when it comes to networking, Linux, etc, it’s worth shooting them your resume.

Anyway, new beginning for me. This is the first time I’ve done security as the focus of my job rather than something orthogonal to my job. I expect I’ll have a lot more security stuff to talk about fairly soon. I was in the San Diego area for 12 years and while I liked it I’m excited to explore a new city. I expect to enjoy doing a lot of touristy stuff without having a short vacation window to explore the bay area.

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