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Chris Mark speaking at COMTEC 2014 by TouchNet August 27, 2014

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comtec_v3Chris Mark will be presenting at the 2014 COMTEC TouchNet Client Conference on PCI DSS and data security within the payment card industry.  The title of the presentation will be Hitting the PCI Bullseye.  COMTEC is the premier conference for Higher Education organizations.  I was invited to speak in 2012 but  found myself delayed returning to teh US as I was in the Gulf of Aden providing maritime security.  Below is a description from the TouchNet website.

“Join us for the COMTEC pre-conference PCI Workshop: Hit the Bullseye on November 10th. This power-packed day of PCI and security training is vital for business, security, compliance, audit, and IT professionals who want to stay on target with changes in payment security rules in the coming year. You’ll get real-world advice on compliance and best practices from industry experts and campus leaders who are dedicated to information security.”

 

Chris Mark Speaking at 2014 AT&T CyberSecurity Conference August 25, 2014

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ATTCyberSecurityConferenceAt 10 am on September 3rd, 2014 Chris (that is me) will be speaking at the 16th annual AT&T CyberSecurity Conference in New York City.  My particular discussion will be on the Human Element of Security.  From providing armed force protection in Mogadishu to unarmed security in a psychiatric ward through information security and anti-piracy work in the Gulf of Aden, I have learned that the underpinnings of security transcend all security domains.  My presentation will hit on the concepts of rationality, Knightian uncertainty, parallax, proximate reality, change blindness, deterrence, and threat adaptation to provide tools CSOs can use to make more informed decisions about security.

Randy Abbott admitting he lied…. August 22, 2014

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Sorry for the posts about Stolen Valor but this is important to me.  This man, and others, have stolen the valor of those who earned the right to call themselves Recon Marines and Scout/Snipers.  There are many brave men who have willingly gone into harm’s way and many who came back wounded or not at all.  Randy Abbott claimed an honor that he did not earn.  He has been publicly exposed and now recorded admitting to Jonn Lillea of ThisAintHell that he lied.  Is this enough?  Depends upon who you ask….

 

Randy Abbott – “paralyzed surfer who was robbed” AND A Recon/Sniper? Yeah..OK… August 5, 2014

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UPDATE: The fine folks at This Aint Hell (but you can see it from here) just published a story on Randy Abbott and included his DD214s as well as a speech he gave at the Travis Manion 2013 Hero Run.  While he claims he: “…spent (his) first eight years assigned to Special Operations Command with  a counter terrorist unit”..His DD214s confirm what we already knew…he was NOT a Recon Marine and NOT a Marine Corps Scout/Sniper.  Mr. Abbott was a BulkFuel specialist (ran a gas station) and an Admin Marine (Made sure Marines got paid and had records updated).   Thanks to A Buncha Damn Cowboys for their work on outing this guy.  Who is this shadowing group? Pretty simple.  It is a group of Recon Marines, Scout/Snipers and SARCs who were tired of people claiming honors which they had not earned.

Two weeks ago I (and a lot of my friends) read a story about Randy Abbott.  Randy is a paralyzed surfer who said his surfboards were stolen at the beach.  According to Randy he hit one of the guys with an uppercut but they ran away with his boards.  By most accounts a pretty decent guy.

Since the report of the theft and his status as a ‘disabled vet Recon/Sniper’ there has been an international outpouring of support and numerous people donated thousands of dollars in response.  In the story, they state that after spending “fourteen years as a Marine Corps recon scout sniper”, his body was banged up.  Randy was not just a Scout/Sniper but a real life “Recon Sniper”?  WOW!…I had to do more research as the Marine Reconnaissance and Scout/Sniper community is VERY small and I had not heard of this guy!  Why..I am a Recon Marine and Scout/Sniper!!  So I did some research and found a picture on his Facebook page that was a giant tattoo of non other than the 1st MarDiv Scout/Sniper School with the motto: “Suffer patiently and patiently suffer”.  Nobody would go so far as to get a tattoo of a sacred sniper HOG (Hunter Of Gunmen) logo unless they were ‘legit’.  Since nobody could find Mr. Abbott in any of the secret ‘invite only’ Facebook pages for Recon Marines and Snipers (yup…they exist), the Sniper School “God book” or any other places that we use to verify Recon Marines and Snipers (instructors, classes, people who served with him etc.) the question was raised as to whether or not Mr. Abbott was really a Scout Sniper or Reconnaissance Marine?  A few former Recon Marines reached out and Randy said he served with “1st Recon BN, Sniper Platoon”  That seemed odd since nobody can remember a ‘sniper platoon’ in 1st Recon Bn.  More research and NOTHING…his DD214 has been requested but if you know how to contact Randy, please ask him to shoot me an email and we can clear all this up.  I have posted my own DD214 to show how easy it is to demonstrate you are Recon Marine or Scout/Sniper. Until then, it appears as if this man is simply making things up…

 

Rising Phoenix Equine Rehab – Helping Vets with PTSD August 2, 2014

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I recently learned of a great charity called Rising Phoenix Equine Rehabilitation Center  that serves two valuable purposes.  First, they help rehabilitate horses and second, they provide horse therapy to veterans with PTSD….free of charge!  If you are so compelled, please take a look at Rising Phoenix and consider donating.

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