Member Spotlight: Dr. Luis O. Noguerol, US Dept. Of Commerce, NOAA, Federal Government

Lagrange's theorem, Bitcoin Heist and the number of ridges on a quarter

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Dr. Luis O. Noguerol is currently the Information System Security Officer for the U.S. Department of Commerce –  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Southeast Region Fisheries Science Center, as well as an Adjunct Professor at Miami Dade College, University of Maryland, and New Horizons South Florida. He most recently completed seven exams, receiving all his certificates from the McAfee Institute, bringing his total to 76 IT certifications now.

Dr. Noguerol is knowledgeable of federal regulations and is tasked with developing risk management strategies to avoid non-compliance and file compliance reports with regulatory bodies. And while he can speak to NIST 800 Series, FIPS Publication, FISMA, and Executive Orders related to the protection of the electronic data — among many other topics — this month Cyber Security Hub gets to know more about Dr. Noguerol on both a professional and personal level:

1.) What’s the coolest thing you are working on right now?

Integrating the concepts of the elliptic curve and the Lagrange's theorem to secure the communication between nodes, reducing the costs of the encryption processes, by reducing the size of the encryption key.  

2.) What is the greatest technology invented in the last 10 years?

Data Loss Prevention solutions with the ability to detect valuable data intended to be exfiltrated from the network.    

3.) What is the most interesting thing you’ve read or seen this week?

The power shutdown at one of Wells Fargo’s main data centers caused a cascade of issues that hamstrung many of the bank’s core operations. The shutdown occurred after fire suppression systems were activated following utility work on Thursday, but no actual fire happened, according to the company. When the bank’s backup plans didn’t work as expected, customers started to see problems.    

4.) What are you currently watching on Netflix?

Bitcoin Heist.   

5.) What’s the most ‘useless’ fact you know?

Number of ridges on a quarter (119).   

6.) What is your favorite way to spend free time?

 Cooking and swimming at my swimming pool.    

7.) What is your biggest fear?

Lack of attention at the enterprise level, of information security flaws.