The Joys of Python

The Joys of Python

I’ve been working in the IT industry for almost 20 years now and all of that experience has been on the infrastructure and support side of things…server administration, network administration, consulting, and most recently some management. Programming has never been my strong suit, other than writing the occasional script to automate an administrative task. As I began my journey into InfoSec, I kept reading and hearing over and over how important it is to have solid coding skills if you want to be successful. Coding skills will help you build/modify your own security tools, understand what’s going on under the hood of the software apps you work with and contribute to open source community projects on Github.

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How Israel Is Leading The World In Cyber Security

How Israel Is Leading The World In Cyber Security

I found this great video today about how Israel is leading the world in cyber security. It talks about some of the cyber warfare tactics they use and how so many former Israeli military security engineers have gone on to start a bunch of the online companies we know and work with today.

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How I Built My Home Lab

How I Built My Home Lab

A common question for people getting started in InfoSec is “How do you learn and practice ethical hacking skills without getting in trouble with the law?” If you try to run Burp Suite against any old website, for example, you could end up in some very hot water. You should never use hacking tools against any IP address or website you don’t own (unless you have explicit, written permission), but who wants to get blacklisted by their ISP or to accidentally take down their own website? Lucky for us, there’s a better option: introducing the virtual home lab.

One of the first things I did when I started learning more about InfoSec in 2018 was to put together a home lab I could use to experiment and test with. I decided to do everything using free tools as much as possible, and to run it on the hardware I had available. This kind of virtual home lab is perfect for an InfoSec beginner on a tight budget; I’ll explain how I put mine together so you can do the same thing.

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