Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Patch management, Penetration Testing, SIEM and Forensics.

It is hard to believe that it has been almost two months since I posted here.

The fact that I have been incredibly busy is no real excuse, but the good news is that it may lead to some more blogs down the road. Over the last two months, I have been mostly working on projects revolving around patch management, SIEM and penetration testing. All projects have gone from RFP to start of implementation, and I hope to be able to get some writeups out soon.

The fact that I have taken on an adjunct professor position in addition to my full time job to teach sophomores the class "Software 1: Utilities and Internals" is also not conducive to much blogging. While it is not necessarily a topic that is highly relevant to my current position, it is a topic in which I have a history and which I enjoy. As always, teaching is incredibly rewarding and I enjoy doing it tremendously.

Next semester, I'll be dusting off my "hacking class" and that will keep me busy for another semester.

This post is more of a shout out to say "I'm still here!", and also to say how excited I am to finally be on the receiving end of training again. Yesterday, I started taking SANS Forensics 508 via the vLive! system. It is the first time that I take a real interactive distance-learning class, and although it is not quite the same as in-person instructor-lead training, it comes incredibly close and it is very convenient. If all of the future sessions are going as smoothly as the first one, it is a method of delivery that I highly recommend.

As always with SANS classes, they content is highly technical. I mean, what other class have you taken that ends the first session with homework that involves opening up a hex editor to analyze a partition table by looking at raw disk sectors? Fun stuff!

As the end of 2010 approaches, I have started to plan ahead, and I am considering to run another SANS Mentor session for Security 504: Hacker Techniques, Exploits and Incident Response. If you are interested in taking this class, or if you want to learn more, please let me know! The class will run for two hours a week in the evening, for 10 weeks. Location and time are still open for discussion, but I have found that Nassau County (Western Long Island, NY) works well for city-based folk as well as for Long Islanders, and that Tuesday night from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. seems to lead to the least amount of family time disruption. Both time and location are open for discussion.




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