The stogies geeks are back! Make sure you check out our new sponsor Threat Hunter AI“Expert Threat Hunting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Your brand deserves more than just managed detection & response.” We had some great conversations on the following topics:

  • Cigar and whiskey enthusiasts can find interesting products at estate sales
  • Certain celebrities and influencers can popularize cigars and whiskey brands
  • AliExpress offers a wide range of products, but quality and reliability can vary
  • Mini phones can be used as unique event badges
  • Casa Fuente in Vegas and Joyals Liquor in Rhode Island are favorite cigar lounges
  • Havana Republic Cigars in Florida and Shelly’s in DC are also highly recommended
  • La Biblioteca in California is a co-owned lounge with great ventilation
  • Aging whiskey in infinity barrels can enhance the flavor
  • Visiting El Titan de Bronze in Miami is a must for cigar enthusiasts Port wine is a favorite drink for both Paul and Jim, and they enjoy sipping it with their cigars.
  • They discuss the different types of port, including tawny port and ruby port.
  • They share their experiences visiting various cigar lounges and the sense of camaraderie they have found in the cigar community.
  • They emphasize the importance of sharing knowledge and experiences with others in both the cybersecurity and cigar worlds. There are various cigar lounges in different cities, such as the JC Newman lounge in Las Vegas and the Davidoff Lounge in Vegas.
  • Repairing damaged cigars can be done using pectin or by replacing the wrapper.
  • Ventilation and air purifiers are important for smoking indoors and removing smoke odor.
  • Attending the PCA conference in New Orleans is a possibility, but media support in the cigar industry is limited.
  • Consideration is given to doing a live event from New Orleans and attending other conferences in an RV.

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Paul Asadoorian – Founder at Security Weekly


Paul Asadoorian is the founder of Security Weekly, which was acquired by CyberRisk Alliance. Paul spent time “in the trenches” implementing security programs for a lottery company and then a large university. Paul is offensive, having spent several years as a penetration tester. As Product Evangelist for Tenable Network Security, Paul built a library of materials on the topic of vulnerability management. When not hacking together embedded systems (or just plain hacking them) or coding silly projects in Python, Paul can be found researching his next set of headphones.

Joe Hozempa – Host at Stogie Geeks


Joe Hozempa is the Sales Representative for Security Weekly. He has years of experience in Marketing & Positioning, Business Consultant, Business Development, and as a Talk Show Host. Joe is the Co-Host for the Stogie Geeks Show. Joe isn’t afraid to tell it-like-it-is, and is usually found drinking a Bloody Mary. He is found boxing it up at the local boxing ring or smoking a cigar at the cigar shop.

Joe is a business and family man that won’t be rocked by the hills of the world. A solid man with solid cigar reviews. Joe is a tobacconist that always follows his palette. His favorite cigar is the Tatuaje Pork Tenderloin and anything in Paul’s “F*** Off” section.

James McMurry – Founder at Threat Hunter AI


James McMurry is a leader and innovator in the cybersecurity industry, recognized for founding, a forefront company in developing advanced AI and machine learning-based solutions for threat detection and response. His leadership has propelled to notable success, emphasizing not just technological innovation but also a keen focus on cybersecurity’s evolving challenges. McMurry’s establishment of VETCON highlights his dedication to the veteran community, creating a platform for veterans in cybersecurity to connect, support, and learn from each other. This initiative, alongside his ongoing support for active-duty service members, particularly those from his alma mater, the U.S. Coast Guard, illustrates his deep commitment to giving back to the military community. McMurry’s contributions to both cybersecurity and veteran support reflect his broad impact, blending professional excellence with a heartfelt commitment to service.