One opportunity that I'll will always be thankful for was my first network intrusion project. Ed, my boss, my mentor, provided me with the challenge. I’ll never forget our special conversation in his office leading up to the experience. I literally tried to convince him in every way possible I was not qualified for this, and the only thing I was prepared to do was fail. I think I may have even asked him if he was stupid sending someone like me to do this type of project! Despite my thoughts, Ed believed in my abilities, and framed his response in a way that actually gave me confidence in myself, my abilities and most importantly the drive to try. 2 years later, after a very successful response, Ed gave me the opportunity to testify for the first time on the same project. Let's just say, I might have a little bit too much confidence now. I blame Ed for that.
Challenges are not easy. For most people like myself its important to surround yourself with people that support you, believe in you, and will push you. Don't be afraid to try something new, heck it may open your eyes to an entirely new passion -- network intrusions -- like it did for me. Today, I am thankful for challenges because they have shaped my career.
- RAM – Because the expensive tools don’t work without it.
- SSD HDDS – So when the expensive tools crash my computer, I can reboot quickly!
- New Log2timeline – Can you say super timeline analysis?
- Volatility – When I thought I had enough to look at with hdds, now there’s even more with memory analysis.
- Python – Because it’s better then Perl.
- VMware Fusion – Allows me to literally swap with 4 fingers between 5 different Operating Systems.
- Dual 24” inch monitors – Its the only type of realestate I can afford!!!!
- DFIROnline and DFM – Webcasts and good reads
- VSC toolset – Makes VSC analysis pretty easy!
- Logicube Dossier – 5-7GB per minute 2 disk duplicator, need I say more?
- TZworks stuff – Lots of great stuff.
- GitHub - Store all my code in the cloud.
- SharePoint 2010 - Allows me to collaborate with teams on the same documents like Google docs.
- Gizmodo.com - My favorite tech blog.
- SANS 508 - I felt like this class really polished my skills.
- WFA Toolkit 3E - Great book and reference guide. Hope to have a iPad copy soon.
- Sprint 4G LTE hotspot - Allows me to be connected anywhere just like I am in the office :)
- ImDisk Virtual Disk Driver - great free image mounting tool
- SQLite - Quick and dirty backend to little things here and there.
- Dcode - Great decoder.
- GREAT series of blog posts by by Patrick Olsen
Hopefully some of you share these appreciations and others find them resourceful. Now go eat
some turkey or stand in line for something you don’t need that’s on sale!