Hello and Welcome to my Blog!

I entered the DFIR field in May of 2019 and created this site to document the resources I use as I learn and grow in DFIR. I’m hoping it will help others who are interested in the field or who are also just getting started. Under DFIR Resources, you will find books, training, webinars, videos, and other resources that I have found to be helpful. I also use Facebook and Twitter to share resources I come across. This is a personal blog and all views are my own.

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DFIR Related Events for Beginners – January 2021

This is geared toward beginners but there is something for all skill levels. All events listed are virtual. Type “free” in the search box to only show free events. Type “under” in the search box to show events under $50. Be sure to hit the “Load More Events” button until you see “No More Events”. If I missed something when I originally posted this, I’ll add it, so check back or subscribe for updates. CLICK THE “LOAD MORE EVENTS” BUTTON TO SEE ALL EVENTS Ongoing CTFs and challenges have been moved to the Free Training site. Ongoing Events Magnet Forensics...

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The Free Training Page Got a Makeover

First, a little background…I’m an entry-level Incident Response Analyst trying to learn all things DFIR on a limited budget. I created the free training page to try to help others who were in the same boat. After seeing some comments and questions about it, I realized that just having a long list of training wasn’t all that helpful to complete beginners to IT who were interested in the Digital Forensics & Incident Response field. I went through almost every item to try to determine what was good for beginners, if I could recommend any prerequisites, and which training categories to...

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DFIR Related Events for Beginners – December, 2020

This is geared toward beginners but there is something for all skill levels. All events listed are virtual. Type “free” in the search box to only show free events. Type “under” in the search box to show events under $50. Be sure to hit the “Load More Events” button until you see “No More Events”. If I missed something when I originally posted this, I’ll add it, so check back or subscribe for updates. CLICK THE “LOAD MORE EVENTS” BUTTON TO SEE ALL EVENTS Ongoing CTFs and challenges have been moved to the Free Training site. Ongoing Events Magnet Forensics...

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My Experience With Recon Infosec’s NDR Training

I had the opportunity to attend Recon Infosec’s first Network Defense Range (NDR) Training on November 16th and 17th. They also run an awesome competition called OpenSOC. I participated in OpenSOC for the first time three months earlier and LOVED it, so I was very excited for this training. It did not disappoint. I attended the two-day Essentials course taught by Eric Capuano. Eric is an excellent instructor who is very passionate about what he teaches. Discord was used for the training. Prior to this year I hadn’t even heard of Discord, but by the time I attended this training,...

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DFIR Related Events for Beginners – November, 2020

This is geared toward DFIR beginners, but there is something for all skill levels. All events listed are virtual. Type “free” in the search box to only show free events. Type “under” in the search box to show events under $50. Be sure to hit the “Load More Events” button until you see “No More Events”. If I missed something when I originally posted this, I’ll add it, so check back or subscribe for updates. CLICK THE “LOAD MORE EVENTS” BUTTON TO SEE ALL EVENTS Ongoing CTFs and challenges have been moved to the Free Training page. Ongoing Events Magnet...

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DFIR Related Events for Beginners – October, 2020

This is geared toward beginners but there’s something for all skill levels. All events listed are virtual. Type “free” in the search box to only show free events. Type “under” in the search box to show events $50 and under. Be sure to hit the “Load More Events” button until you see “No More Events”. If I missed something when I originally posted this, I’ll add it, so check back or subscribe for updates. Ongoing Events & Training are at the bottom of this page. CLICK THE “LOAD MORE EVENTS” BUTTON TO SEE ALL EVENTS Ongoing CTFs and Challenges have...

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My Cover6 Solutions Summer Cyber Camp Experience

I attended the Cover6 Solutions Summer Cyber Camp (Attack & Defend Workshop) from August 24th – 28th. The course was taught by Tyrone Wilson who is also the Founder and President of Cover6 Solutions. We foster a fun, collaborative, and open environment where we embrace trial and error, encourage creative thinking, and we treat failures as learning tools. -Cover6 Solutions The statement above is a perfect representation of what the class was like. It was held via GoToWebinar, and our microphones were unmuted to encourage participation and collaboration. Unfortunately for me, class was held during my work hours and I...

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DFIR Related Events for Beginners – September, 2020

I created a poll on Twitter and LinkedIn asking if I should keep this monthly blog post at events costing under $50 or a different price point. The majority voted for listing all events regardless of price. Since so many people also voted to keep it the way it was, I also tried to find a solution that allows you to filter the events. All events listed are virtual. Type “free” in the search box to only show free events. Type “under” in the search box to show events under $50. Be sure to hit the “Load More Events” button...

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My Experience With the SANS FOR500 Course and the GCFE Exam

After years of getting their course catalogs in the mail. I was very excited to finally be able to take a SANS course after landing my job in the DFIR field. I love to learn. I even like taking certification exams, but for the first time while studying for a certification (I already had 9 of them), I lost all focus and motivation for a while. I took the FOR500 OnDemand course with Rob Lee as the instructor. He was great! You get 4 months to complete the training and take the exam. The course started on March 20th and...

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DFIR Related Events for Beginners – August, 2020

A list of Digital Forensics and Incident Response related events and training that may be of interest to students/beginners for the month of August. All events listed are virtual. August 4th: Panoply (Free for Black Hat attendees) “Panoply is an network assessment/defense competition combined into a single event.” You can register HERE. August 5th: Susteen’s Digital Forensics Industry Day (Free) “Sign up for individual sessions, multiple sessions or an entire session track! Attendees will earn challenge pins for each session attended.” You can register here: https://datapilot.com/digital-forensic-industry-day/ August 5th and 6th: Black Hat (The Business Pass is Free). A Business Pass...

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