Paranormastic
Cryptographic Engineer
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Member Since: 2008/07/18
Industry: Computer & IT
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PKI Expert with over a decade dedicated to certificate & encryption key management.

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Total points1,931,328
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Solutions: 1276
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Generally rounded tech/admin.  Over the 15+ years that I have been working in IT, I have supported a large variety of hardware, software, networking, and support for a mind numbing amount of different technologies.  I have done support & administration for a few OEMs, large enterprises, and a few small company short term projects.

Odd specialties include PKI (certificates, SSL, encryption, CA servers, etc.) and smart cards.  I am currently part of a dedicated PKI team for a very large organization & have run multiple PKIs at different assurance levels.

I've been on hiatus from EE for a few years but am starting to check in again occasionally. I'm open for gigs that I can do remotely or that would involve very minimal travel since I do have a day job that I plan on keeping. I'm also available for PKI practical skills training to individuals or companies, if interested.

I purposefully do not post my real name or job history here for privacy reasons.


Seems like some people like to track these things, so I guess I will try to keep track too...

Master ranks:
Windows 2003 Server - 10/16/2008
Secure Socket Layer (SSL) & HTTPS  - 10/16/2008
Encryption for Network Security - 12/18/2008
Exchange Email Server - 1/11/2009
Microsoft IIS Web Server - 1/27/2009
Miscellaneous Security - 5/21/2009
Active Directory - 5/22/2009
Windows Server 2008 - 6/10/2009
Windows Network Security - 7/6/2009
Internet Security - 10/20/2009
Microsoft Operating Systems: 12/8/2009
Microsoft Server: 12/8/2009 (yes, I "double-mastered" on the same question at 09:47AM CST - how cool is that?!)

Guru ranks:
Secure Socket Layer (SSL) & HTTPS : 3/17/2009
Windows 2003 Server: 3/25/2009
Microsoft IIS Web Server: 10/23/2009
Encryption for Network Security: 11/9/2009
Windows 2008 Server: 3/8/2010

Wizard ranks:
Secure Socket Layer (SSL) & HTTPS : 10/27/2009
Windows 2003 Server: 11/27/2009

Achievements:
Q3-2008 Rookie for Miscellaneous Security Zone
Q4-2009 honorable mention for achieving the #4 spot for the quarterly Sniper Award with 88.41% solutions/questions participated.

Miscellany:
12/31/2009 - 1,000th answer accepted

Not sure when I took over, but I have been the Overall top person in these categories for awhile now:
Secure Socket Layer (SSL) & HTTPS
SmartCards
SmartCards & Readers
(Yes, SmartCards and Smartcards & Readers are actually two different zones...)

Haven't really been tracking point or rankings... I'll go from here on out...  I'm at 638,263 as of right now (3/17/2009) - not too bad I suppose.  
6/8/2009 - I am at 913,323 points - lets see if I can scrape together a cool million by the end of my first year posting here.  The rankings have been broken for awhile so I don't know where I am these days, but I would imagine I'm well within the top 500 since I think I was nearing that point before the ranking systems went under construction.
7/8/2009 - reached the million point mark in just under a year of posting.  Not too shabby I suppose.  Whaddya know, I'm a Genius...  The rankings page says there are 393 Geniuses in the overall totals - so I guess that's right about where I'm ranked these days since the ranking system is still down.
10/23/2009 - Slowly climbing the ranks now as the overall points are much higher.  Now up to #323 with 1,244,387 points - the rankings system is finally back up and running.
12/31/2009 - 1,370,558 points, ranked 300

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