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How To Build a SANS GIAC Index

How To Build a SANS GIAC Index

One of the keys to passing SANS GIAC exams is to build a comprehensive index to quickly find information during the exam.  Building an index will also help you study as it forces you to thoroughly review the material.  The steps below detail how to…

How to determine your Ring Doorbell Pro firmware version

How to determine your Ring Doorbell Pro firmware version

I have a love/hate relationship with my Ring Doorbell.  When I purchased it in 2016 it worked great for a year with minimal issues.  As it became more popular, I noticed the quality dropped with video freezes, black videos, and missed motion events.  This led…

Palo Alto Firewall: macOS Updates NSURLErrorDomain error -1012

Palo Alto Firewall: macOS Updates NSURLErrorDomain error -1012

About a month ago, I enabled decryption on my Palo Alto firewall and limited it only to traffic to and from my MacBook Pro.  It’s worked well and provided great visibility into the vast amounts of encrypted traffic that we see nowadays. So what’s this…

Eric’s Top 7 Ways To Get Ready For Security Awareness This Summer

Eric’s Top 7 Ways To Get Ready For Security Awareness This Summer

Once upon a time, I believed that security awareness trainings were simply boring computer-based training videos that compliance requirements forced upon companies.  You’d simply “next, next, next” your way through and learn nothing of value.  However, in my current role I am directly responsible for…

Palo Alto Firewall: External Dynamic Lists

Palo Alto Firewall: External Dynamic Lists

I recently attended Palo Alto’s annual Ignite conference for the first time.  It was a great experience for learning about best practices and networking with others.  One of the things I learned was Palo Alto’s way of handling basic threat intelligence feeds.  When I say…

Palo Alto Firewall: Home Network

Palo Alto Firewall: Home Network

My very own Palo Alto! I’m a big fan of Palo Alto Networks firewalls due to their focus on security and giving both network and security professionals incredible insight into network traffic.  To improve my understanding of these firewalls, I recently purchased my very own…

The Missing CISSP Domain

The Missing CISSP Domain

In the security world, the CISSP is the gold standard certification for information security professionals.  The exam is incredibly broad covering a number of domains.  However, over the course of my career I’ve realized that there’s a key domain that’s missing. Oh really, Eric?  And what…

OSM: Open Security Monitoring

OSM: Open Security Monitoring

Introduction I’ve spent most of my career defending environments of all sizes.  What I’ve found is that the job of a defender is much less flashier and thankless as compared to an “ethical hacker.”  While there are volumes of articles, guides, and talks on penetration…