How Your Home Lab Can Help Fight COVID-19

I was scrolling through Twitter a few days ago when I saw a couple Tweets about Folding@home. Having never heard of it before, I went to their website to see what it was all about. This is a quote from their website: “While you keep going with your everyday activities, your computer will be working to help us find cures for diseases like cancer, ALS, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Influenza and many others.” Another quote from their website: “The Folding@home software allows you to share your unused computer power with us – so that we can research even more potential cures.” I...

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How I’ve Been Studying for Certifications

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the resources I used for certifications and how I study for them. I may be a little ‘extra’ with my resources after failing an exam ten years ago, but I haven’t had to retake an exam since. These are my current certifications in the order taken: 2010 (Feb): CompTIA A+ 2010 (March): CompTIA Network+ 2016 (Dec): CompTIA Security+ 2017 (March): (ISC)2 SSCP (Systems Security Certified Practitioner) 2017 (Aug): CompTIA CySA+ (Cybersecurity Analyst) 2018 (June): Cisco CCNA Cyber Ops 2018 (Sept): EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) 2019 (July): Microsoft Azure Fundamentals 2019 (Nov):...

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The Evolution of my Home Lab: From Break-Fix to Forensics

One of my favorite things to do in my spare time is play around in my home lab. Aside from being fun (to me anyway), home labs are a great way to get hands on experience using different hardware and software. To demonstrate what a home lab can be used for, I will talk about what I have personally done in my home lab over the years. In 2009, I started studying for the A+ certification exam. I put an ad on Freecycle looking for unwanted computers and computer equipment so I could practice repairing them. This was the beginning...

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My Journey into DFIR

My IT career began in 2010, a few months after I was laid off from my job providing computer drawn floor plans of greeting card displays. Prior to that, I held various positions such as office manager, accounts payable clerk, truck driver, and loss prevention agent. My father was a programmer for Sperry Univac and I loved going there with him on Take Your Kid to Work Day. In 1999, I started college as a Computer Science major but algorithms and subsequent calculus classes quickly changed that. Math was not my strong point. I changed my major to Criminal Justice...

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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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