As you can tell from the URL, my name is Matt Elsberry. Born in Georgia, I have lived all of my life, surrounded in Southern heritage. From blessing everyone’s heart, to drinking sweet tea, I have shared in the quintessential southern traditions. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes my surroundings get the best of me and I find myself cringing at some of the lifestyles and idiosyncrasies of my fellow Southerners.
At times, I wonder if I really belong in this neck of the woods. My entire region is engulfed in football. High school and College football is the center of most everything here, and I could give a rat’s ass about it. At times, I get sucked in to a discussion about football and I feel like I am in a foreign country, confused and totally bored of the conversations around me.
I also attend church at times. Though I am not a regular member of any church, my family is and I share in that experience with them. I like the morals and life lessons that are taught in church. I can see it reflecting in my children. However, one of my favorite interests, science, tends to contradict from time to time what is taught in church and I find myself in a constant tug-of-war. Nonetheless, I do receive positive emotions and experiences from my religious position, which is enough for me to continue forward.
I guess the above description is my segueway into my profession(s). For 13 years, I was a law enforcement officer, working for two local Sheriff’s Offices between those years. For the majority of those years, I worked specifically as a Criminal Investigator. I worked a range of different case-types, however I was always assigned more cybercrime and crimes against children cases than others. After countless pleas, dismissals, deals, etc… I became fed up with the lack of closure and the amount of repeat-offenders became monotonous. However my desire to help others has yet to subside.
After 13 years, I decided to apply my technical knowledge and enter the field of Information Technology, full-time. During my Law Enforcement career, I was fortunate enough to take classes at the local Technical College for Networking as well as receive training from the GBI in cybercrimes investigations, thus increasing my Network security skills. I now own a Managed IT Services firm and support multiple businesses and local municipalities.