My name is Zachary Szewczyk. I grew up in North Carolina, Hawaii, Ohio, Minnesota, and Florida. At 13 I went to Canada, at 15 I spent three months in four south African countries, and at 20 I visisted Mongolia. I like to travel. I graduated in 2018 from Youngstown State University with an undergraduate degree in Computer Science and Information Systems. That same day, after four years in the ROTC program, I commissioned into the United States Army's Cyber Corps as a Second Lieutenant.
I adventure as much as possible, write often, and code sometimes. I spend most of my time working as an Army Cyber Operations Officer, and finish every day with a few hours in the gym. Although my knack for leadership and my technical expertise has helped me excel in my profession, my passion lies in the great outdoors, and in the writer's craft. Someday I hope to turn those into a full-time lifestyle.
I write to clarify, condense, and communicate my thoughts on things I find interesting. For a better idea of the topics you can expect me to cover here, check out Before, Now, and in the Future. In brief, though, I write about adventuring, writing, weightlifting, leadership, and information security.
You can take a peek at the tools behind my writing process, and the services that run this site, in My Setup.
For those of you interested in how I find things to write about, Keeping Up with Current Events and My Evening Reads contain aggressively curated lists of my favorite sources. For even more, Bookmarks lists a number of other valuable resources that did not make the cut for those articles.
If you came here for personal, professional, or military development, check out Personal Development and the other posts in the Military category.
If you came here for cybersecurity resources, Threat Intelligence & Threat Research and the other posts within the Cybersecurity category.
Get in Touch
If you like what you see here, feel free to contact me on Twitter.
Although rare, I have written elsewhere. If you like what you read here, and if you want more, check these links out.
- The Three Wicked Problems Inhibiting Data-Driven Decision-Making in the Army. Modern War Institute at West Point. Published on 2023/06/27.
- Operational Metrics: The Next Step in the Evolution of Defensive Cyberspace Operations. Modern War Institute at West Point. Published on 2022/05/10.
- Command vs Leadership. The Center for Junior Officers. Published 2022/07/23.
- Freedom Fighter Interview #21 – Ground ZERO, with Zachary. Gen Y Finance Guy. Published on 2016/01/14.
Although mostly for me, as a handy reference for posts I find myself going back to often, you may also find these useful as well: