Thursday, January 01, 2009

Awards | Associations

Windows Insider MVP

 When the Microsoft MVP Program was restructured to encompass
Developer and IT Pro focused technology areas, eliminating the Consumer MVP areas, the Windows Insider team adopted Consumer MVPs in July 2016.

"Our MVPs -- These Windows Insiders are experts in their fields and leaders in our community with a passion for using Windows to bring their ideas to life.

MVPs get exclusive benefits, like early access, subscriptions to MSDN and Office 365, a letter of recognition, and opportunities to join us at special events and chat directly with Microsoft teams."

Microsoft Most Valuable Professional

  I am honored to have been awarded and re-awarded a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional from 2006 - 2016 in Consumer Security.

"Who are MVPs?

Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals, or MVPs, are technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community. They are always on the "bleeding edge" and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. They have very deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, while also being able to bring together diverse platforms, products and solutions, to solve real world problems. MVPs make up a global community of over 4,000 technical experts and community leaders across 90 countries/regions and are driven by their passion, community spirit, and quest for knowledge. Above all and in addition to their amazing technical abilities, MVPs are always willing to help others - that's what sets them apart.

What is the MVP Award?

For more than two decades, the Microsoft MVP Award is our way of saying "Thanks!" to outstanding community leaders. The contributions MVPs make to the community, ranging from speaking engagements, to social media posts, to writing books, to helping others in online communities, have incredible impact. Key benefits to MVPs include early access to Microsoft products, direct communication channels with our product teams and an invitation to the Global MVP Summit, an exclusive annual event hosted in our global HQ in Redmond. They also have a very close relationship with the local Microsoft teams in their area, who are there to support and empower MVPs to address needs and opportunities in the local ecosystem. Other benefits include an executive recognition letter, a Visual Studio technical subscription, and an Office 365 subscription."

United Network of Instructors and Trained Eliminators

I am proud to be a member of UNITE, which provides a valuable venue for communication within the security community.


"UNITE stands for:
  • Unified
  • Network of
  • Instructors and
  • Trained
  • Eliminators
If you are being helped by a member of UNITE, you can be assured that you are receiving help from a well trained malware fighter who has the support of hundreds of the industry's best experts.

UNITE members are people from all walks of life who have taken the time to graduate from at least one of the big online training institutions, or have comparable experience. Each institution runs completely independently, but each has one goal in mind: the safe and successful removal of malware from every victim's computer.

To become a member of UNITE, contact a current UNITE member for information."

Alliance of Security Analysis Professionals

I was a member of ASAP from its formation in 2004 and serve as Secretary, ASAP Admin Council until the group dissolved.  ASAP was a non-profit volunteer network made up of internet security oriented website and forum owners, administrators, and staff, as well as individuals, companies, and various organizations also dedicated to providing security related support to computer end users.

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