Few people understand the terrifying, yet realistic threat of computer hacking like Denver Acey. Denver has spent his entire professional career in the information technology industry where he has witnessed and even thwarted actual cybercrime. From his top-secret job working for the US government to securing computer networks at Fortune 500 companies, Denver is personally familiar with hackers and their unscrupulous activities.
But over the years, Denver has become increasingly frustrated with Hollywood’s inaccurate portrayal of cybercrime. Hackers are more intelligent and more sophisticated than simple teenagers, who guzzle down Mountain Dew while playing video games. Cybercrime is a billion-dollar business that encompasses organized crime and foreign governments. For these elite hackers, the fruits of success are iconic trademarks, innovative patents, and government secrets.
Because of his unique background, Denver decided to write a book to dispel hacking myths while highlighting the tenacity of cybercriminals. Utilizing actual computer hacking concepts and scenarios that he has experienced firsthand, Denver illustrates — in a simple way for even the non-techie to understand — how vulnerable we all are to cybercrime.
Lauren Skidmore grew up in Kansas, with stints in Ohio and New York, and currently lives in Utah. She attended Brigham Young University where she earned a BA in English Teaching with an emphasis in Teaching English as a Second Language and Japanese. She then spent a year in Japan teaching and traveling. She hasn’t made it to Europe yet, but it’s on the list and has been to 30 states in the U.S. so far. When she’s not exploring new places, you can probably find her on the internet with fifteen windows open and looking at just one more thing before actually getting something done. Lauren is the author of What is Hidden. For more information go to LaurenSkidmore.com
MINDY CONE is an entertaining, food, dessert, and party stylist on the popular blog Creative Juice. She writes about everything you need to know to entertain your guests and kids with style and creativity. Her talent for perfectly themed parties combined with her love for macarons inspired her first book Gourmet French Macarons. Although an East coast girl at heart, she currently lives in Northern California with her husband and two young children. Visit her blog at getcreativejuice.com.
Ben Behunin began working with pottery as a freshman at Highland High in Utah. He thought it would be an “easy A”, but his experience proved to be neither easy, nor an “A”. That experience began a 24 year long dance with clay that has taken Ben to exotic places, such at Idaho, North Carolina, France, Switzerland, Germany, England, Italy, Austria and Hawaii in pursuit of his education and his passion. For the past 18 years, Ben has been making his living exclusively as a slinger of slime and a maker of mudpies.
Ben is the father of two young budding potters, Isaac and Eve, ages 13 and 10. He and his wife Lynnette live in Salt Lake City, just inches away from his whimsically magical studio, Wild Rooster Artworks.
Pamela R. Jensen was born into a family of 10 children, she was the oldest girl and second child. She spent a majority of her childhood entertaining her younger siblings. Drawing has always been apart of who she is, always sketching anything and everything.
Pamela now lives with her husband a retired farmer and miner in Grantsville, UT. They have five children, and ten grandchildren who love to draw with grandma. She has made some pretty impressive doodles in her time. With that in mind, Pamela is a doodle expert and LDS to boot. She is here to talk about her book Reverently, Quiely, a collection of Sacrament meeting appropriate activities.
Michael R. Ash was born in Rockledge, Florida but currently lives in Utah.
Michael R. Ash is a veteran staff member of the Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR), a former weekly columnist for the Mormon Times and has presented several papers at LDS-related symposiums. Ash is the author of Of Faith and Reason: 80 Evidences Supporting the Prophet Joseph Smith, as well as, Shaken Faith Syndrome: Strengthening One’s Testimony In the Face of Criticism and Doubt. Ash has written more than 100 articles defending the faith which have been published by FAIR, FARMS, Sunstone, Dialogue, and on several LDS websites.
To purchase a copy of Michael R. Ash’s book’s, click here.
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Ty Mansfield is a marriage and family therapist currently living in Provo, Utah, with his wife and their two kids. He chronicled his own spiritual journey with same-sex attraction as co-author of In Quiet Desperation: Understanding the Challenge of Same-Gender Attraction (released by Deseret Book, in 2004) and later compiled Voices of Hope: Latter-day Saint Perspectives on Same-Gender Attraction—An Anthology of Gospel Teachings and Personal Essays (also released by Deseret Book in 2011). He also co-directs the Voices of Hope Project, a website extension of the book, and has been featured in the May/June 2013 issue of LDS Living magazine and on the Church website mormonsandgays.org. Ty is a co-founder and the current president of the nonprofit organization North Star, a faith-affirming support organization for LDS individuals and families affected by homosexuality and who desire to live within the framework of the doctrines and teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Studio C is a sketch comedy television show produced by BYUtv. The show traces its roots to the BYU sketch comedy troupe Divine Comedy, from which all cast members are current or former members. The show aims to produce clean, family-oriented comedy for a national audience.
Our guests on this episode are two of the shows main writers and actors, Mallory Everton and Matt Meese.
Mallory Everton is a Portland, Oregon native, as demonstrated by her hippie-ish, grunge-loving hair and the fact that she sometimes cries when she sees especially tall trees. She owes any good qualities she possesses to her incredible family; all her other qualities were acquired from watching too much television and listening to boy band music before we knew what it would do to our brains. She studied film at Brigham Young University where she emphasized in screenwriting, editing, and directing. She’s also an avid distance-runner, music-lover, and pizza-eater. Mallory stumbled into sketch comedy as a freshman in college when she went to see Whitney Call (a good friend from her childhood; also a Portlander, also emotional about trees) audition for Divine Comedy at BYU. She quickly realized that nothing could be more fun than sketch comedy, and it’s all been downhill from there. And by downhill, she means awesome.
Matt is probably best known for his work with Divine Comedy, BYU’s premiere sketch comedy troupe. It was there that he met fellow Studio C cast members Jason Gray, Mallory Everton, and Whitney Call. The four became fast friends, and began writing sketches together. When the time came to assemble a writing/performing team for Studio C, Matt was an obvious choice. Born in New Jersey, and raised in Phoenix, Matt graduated from BYU with a B.S. in Psychology. Given the vast amount of time he spent writing and performing, however, he feels that what he really studied in college was sketch comedy. Greatest achievement to date: having a proud mother.
Adam White was born and raised in Gilbert, AZ. Adam started making movies when his Dad bought a VHS camcorder all the way back when he was 11 or 12 not ever considering it a possible career path. He dreamed of one day playing in the NBA played college basketball at Eastern Arizona college which is where he met his wife. Later he went to BYU and graduated from ASU with a degree in Business Administration.
Adam now lives in Lehi Utah with his wife and 5 children. He enjoys creating. Writing movies, writing songs on the piano, creating businesses. Adam White also started several online businesses and sold them all to pursue his dream of being a filmmaker.
Adam secretly wishes we could go back to the olden days where one could wear a cloak and have a sword strapped on their back and no one would think anything of it. Adam is now the writer and director of the movie, Inspired Guns hitting theaters January 24th 2014.
In this episode, Nick Galieti goes back through some of what happened in our first year of The Good Word as well as look forward to the changes that are being made for the new year. Also, since we never included the episode of The Cultural Hall where Nick Galieti was interviewed, we will tag that on at the end.
Some great new changes are coming, stay tuned for more great guests and interviews, as well as some surprises for our loyal listeners.