Tips, Tricks, and Traps When Prepping for a GIAC Certification Exam

As a SANS Subject Matter Expert, I often got asked for tips on how to pass GIAC certification exams. Here are some tips and tricks I have learned.

About the First Amendment…

Perhaps the most often quoted, and most poorly understood, Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the First Amendment. But what does it really do for us, and why?

Let’s Talk About Superpowers…

I believe that every person has certain things at which they excel, and I want you to start thinking about and talking about your “superpowers.“

Good & Bad Aspects of the Internet

The Internet is a tool that has dramatically altered how we interact with each other, and not all those changes are for the better.

Why Does So Much Tech Suck?

It isn't your imagination that your apps and gadgets seem half-baked. They are, and there is a reason why.

Manual vs. Automated Tools for Digital Forensic Analysis

Highly automated GUI-interface tools are only as good as the programmers who wrote them. Additionally, they can actually prevent users from accessing certain things.

Interesting Times

I know everyone is writing, talking, and tweeting about COVID-19 these days. Please bear with me while I ramble a bit, sharing some thoughts and predictions of my own.

System Hardening 101

“Hardening” is a term used by IT professionals to describe various processes used to make computer systems more secure against different kinds of attacks.

A Brief History of Stuxnet

In 2009 something happened that had never been done before in the history of computer malware. A digital weapon was released with the express purpose of attacking specific machines and causing them to fail, sometimes spectacularly.