De-Coder’s Ring

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Podcast – John Lockie Interview (part one)

Over the next few months, I plan on doing a big podcast binge on cybersecurity careers and will continue my focus on technology.

This week’s episode, John Lockie and I talk about his background and how it’s not the traditional path into cybersecurity if there really is one.  He affirms my beliefs in regards to CISOs with music degrees.  You’ll never guess what he says!

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Threat Hunting: Wireshark

Here’s the delayed 4th video!    Wireshark

I do a quick overview of loading a PCAP file within Wireshark, to do some analysis of packets and TCP reassembly.

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This is the last step in the education before jumping into Suricata next time!

Network Monitoring on the Cheap

I’ve regularly blogged about Suricata, Logstash and Elasticsearch.  Shoot, I’ve built multiple successful commercial tools using that technical stack.  The thing that made us successful wasn’t the tech, but it was how we used the tech to solve a problem that our customers had at that moment in time.

Now it’s time for me to share the secret on how to do it.

Ok, not a secret at all.  If you google, you can figure it out.

With this podcast, I want to introduce the topic to put some context around why those tools are the right tools.

I want to evangelize the idea of EVERYONE monitoring your home or work network with basic rules from places like Emerging Threats.  It’s free, and it’s invaluable to finding/stopping malware/viruses on your network.  Do it now!

Suricata

https://www.elastic.co/

https://redmine.openinfosecfoundation.org/projects/suricata/wiki/_Logstash_Kibana_and_Suricata_JSON_output

https://rules.emergingthreats.net/open/suricata-1.3/

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Backup Plan

How often do you have a backup plan for when something goes wrong?

The group I’m working with went downtown Richmond today and had a blast on the Segway Tour.  Segways are like motorized mountain bikes/scooters and therefore, are a ton of fun.

When getting ‘trained’ for Segway operation, the guide taught us about what to do if the Segway just acted stupidly, beeped incessantly, vibrated without stopping, fell over, etc.  It made me start to wonder about logistics.

It was the second time that day the thought of drastically changing plans came to mind….  ok, maybe the 3rd now that I think about it more.

I try not to make a habit of thinking about the ‘what if’ or the potential negatives of a situation, but, it is always good to have a backup plan if something goes wrong.

 

 

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