556 Forensics: Answers through intelligence


Technician – How the brain works

A problem. . . An interesting chore came up for me, at work this week (primary job). I had opened a case with the support team about data not created properly on of our highly used CDNs. After confirming that this was the issue, the support guy at HQ, told me that this issue had been fixed. Digging through allRead the rest of this page »


Coming out of retirement ;-) – An observation into your job-life, as well as your personal life – The way to be

— OPINION PIECE — An interesting thing has been popping up, in my life recently. In the never ending and ongoing debates we all see on Facebook, one argument piece that I’m seeing used way to much, is making its way down. Not only am I seeing this technique used on Facebook “debates”, but there is also an overwhelming amountRead the rest of this page »


Extra security, but not for security, but for “bots” _OR_ How I embraced the API and learned to love it

Oh Packt, Packt, Packt, why did you do it? After troubleshooting a lot of issues that I was having with my login for Packt Publishing, I found something, that I found a little bit disturbing, and I would like to reach out to management at Packt Publishing just so that I can get an idea of why they did it.Read the rest of this page »


New SANS 504 Class

SANS SEC504 - Acting as a Mentor for the SANS SEC504 class

I’m setup to teach the latest SANS 504: Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits and Incident Handling (tests for the SANS GCIH certification) class coming up on September 9. The course runs for 10 weeks, and consists of reading the materials and meeting up with me, the mentor, every Friday. Details can be found on the SANS website here. Many people askRead the rest of this page »


SANS – SUPER HUGE NEWS – SEC504 – ACTING AS A MENTOR FOR THE SANS SEC504 CLASS – Last Update

SANS SEC504 - Acting as a Mentor for the SANS SEC504 class

So, I can honestly say, that this will be one of the last, if not, the last post about this course. As you no doubt can see from the last several posts on my website, I will be teaching the SANS SEC504 course in Denver, beginning February 26, 2016. What this course offers is helping you understand attackers’ tactics and strategiesRead the rest of this page »


Update^3 in regards to SANS Course – You know, the one I said I’d stop doing

SANS SEC504 - Acting as a Mentor for the SANS SEC504 class

Source:  SANS Mentor SEC504 Session and SANS Mentor Page and SANS 504 Flyer **  Register by November 30th using Registration Code MenOD15 to receive Early Bird pricing and include the OnDemand Bundle at no additional charge.  A savings of over $1000! ** So, just another update, you know, the kind I said I would stop doing. Well, I guess I lied to everyone. I’mRead the rest of this page »


Update to the update of the update – SEC504 Class News

SANS SEC504 - Acting as a Mentor for the SANS SEC504 class

Source:  SANS Mentor SEC504 Session and SANS Mentor Page and SANS 504 Flyer Alright, I’ll stop with all the updates. . . Maybe (although, I may have some other updates, soon to follow). But I do have an immediate piece of news I’m going to release. I’m changing the dates/times of the SEC504 Class that I’m teaching for SANS. So, here it is.Read the rest of this page »


UPDATE – SANS – SUPER HUGE NEWS – SEC504 – ACTING AS A MENTOR FOR THE SANS SEC504 CLASS

SANS SEC504 - Acting as a Mentor for the SANS SEC504 class

Source: SANS Mentor SEC504 Session, SANS Mentor Page, and SANS 504 Flyer Just wanted to post a little update about this class. I found that if you register for my class, which is taking place in Feb. 2016, in the month of October (read: now), you will also be given all the material for the class via SANS vLive. InRead the rest of this page »


SANS – Super Huge News – SEC504 – Acting as a Mentor for the SANS SEC504 class

SANS SEC504 - Acting as a Mentor for the SANS SEC504 class

I will be acting as a Mentor for the SANS SEC504 class Source:  SANS Mentor SEC504 Session and SANS Mentor Page and SANS 504 Flyer I am pleased to announce that I will be acting as a Mentor for the SANS SEC504 class ( Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits and Incident Handling ), coming up in February 2016 What has me most excited, is theRead the rest of this page »


The myth of the cybersecurity skills shortage

Cyberseuciryt skills shortage

Source: ComputerWorld by Ira Winkler Interesting article up for a read at ComputerWorld. Which all in all, is a good thing. The article talks of “The myth of the cybersecurity skills shortage” Winkler calls out companies that are claiming there is a cybersecurity skills shortage; which I don’t necessarily believe there is. From the article at ComputerWorld: The approach that seemsRead the rest of this page »


Mike has over 15 years experience in the Information Technology profession. His leadership, advanced technical skills, and knowledge in information security and digital forensic analysis has helped him to excel as an expert in security compliance.