Passive Smoker: Is there justice in inhaling cigarette smoke?

I recently filed a complaint to the Property Management of our condominium after inhaling cigarette smoke numerous times in the corridor going to our enclosed parking area in the third floor. The tipping point was when I still inhaled smoke going out of the elevator together with my wife and my 3-week old baby boy.… Read More

7 Things I learned After 5 Years of Teaching

After teaching in college for more than 5 years, I can summarize the lessons I’ve learned. I realized that the lessons can only be ‘learned’ through experience. Teaching is complicated. They say teaching is a profession that creates all other professions. Her students may become future scientists, engineers, lawyers, CEO’s even terrorists or politicians. That’s… Read More

Proud of my students’ achievements @ UA&P event

Last February 24, 2017, me and my undergraduate students went to the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) in Pasig City to present their project Hydra in a school-initiated research conference. The event was not very big but various students from undergrad to PhD were prepared to present their papers. I was really pushy… Read More

8 Helpful Things You can do to Prepare and Pass a GIAC exam

Roughly one year after I passed the GIAC Web Application Penetration Tester (GWAPT) exam, I took the GIAC Mobile Device Security Analyst (GMOB). I became one of a less than a thousand professionals who earned the certification. One of the observations that I have is that preparations I did for both exams were pretty much… Read More

7 reasons why you should take up a Master’s degree

I’m currently preparing for my final term for my Master in Information Systems (MIS) degree. It’s a short break from the stress in school. Looking at what I’ve learned and accomplished so far, I would like to share my top 7 reasons why you should take up a Master’s degree. (I’m not going to discuss… Read More

Presented at the 14th NCITE and toured Dipolog City 2016

It was my first time to submit a research paper in a national conference. In the academe, getting support is a challenging task because you need to convince the admin that the paper you will be presenting is worth the expenses. I’m happy that my boss, the dean of the school was supportive of this initiative. The research… Read More

Justin’s 2017 New Year’s Resolution

I’ve been busy this past year that I have forgotten this blog site. I’ve been juggling a lot of things- my work at Coke, teaching and advising at APC, some consulting work and my Master’s every Saturday. Hopefully, I will be able to prioritize things this 2017. So, I have listed these concrete feasible steps… Read More

Is there really value in an IT Certification?

What is the real validation that you are knowledgeable in a field you’re claiming to be an expert in? Actually, expert is a very dangerous and overrated term and usually lambasted by Powerpoint consultants.  I agree that experience is the best teacher but it becomes helpful if the experience is ‘fruitful’. I had a conversation… Read More

On road manners, discipline, courtesy and respect

SINCE I moved in Quezon City (QC), I became more knowledgeable on the road. I learned more shortcuts and long cuts going to work in BGC (Taguig City) and Magallanes Village (Makati City). Aside from the very busy EDSA, I learned the streets of Cubao District such as V. Luna, 15th/20th ave., Boni Serrano, Whiteplains… Read More

Detecting Command and Control Traffic Using Botnet Correlator Module

Last June 8, 2015, I presented a paper entitled “Detecting Command and Control Traffic Using Botnet Correlator Module” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The paper was a product of a project in APC together with my students in INFOSEC. The trip was entirely sponsored by the school (thank you so much!) and the experience was very… Read More