Learning from Crowdstrike

On Friday evening, I caught up with a fellow cybersecurity professional over dinner. Luckily none of us had to deal with the meltdown Crowdstrike had caused. But this caused much grief and frenetic hours for our IT administrators around the globe, who had to manually perform workarounds to recover affected Windows servers and clients. Being…

Why Did a White Hat Read a MBA?

Several friends in different social circles had talked up the Quantic MBA since it was free. But I was a cybersecurity professional. Why did I need to read a MBA now? I decided to do it anyway, and I am glad to report I have survived. Why I Did It Perhaps the answer can be…

A Fully Understandable Description (FUD) of PEN-300

*FUD also stands for “Fully UnDetectable”, which describes malware that evades the bulk of commercially used antivirus products. PEN-300 naturally continues where PEN-200 leaves off, for more advanced techniques. After all, OSCP skills alone will not beat modern mitigations; we must try harder. What Do I Really Need Before PEN-300? There has been a trend…

A Response to “What are IT Fundamentals” in Cybersecurity

I have decided to share a post written by Naomi, a CISO, on her views on whether a cybersecurity career requires IT fundamentals. She summarises her position as follows: You don’t NEED to know networking, computer hardware, operating systems, databases, or anything deeply technical to start in cybersecurity. All you need is a high level…

The CRTP Review

I think the Pentester Academy site has covered the syllabus of the Certified Red Team Professional (CRTP) which is somewhat of a misnomer because today’s definition of red-teaming goes far beyond what this course covers: Active Directory penetration testing and defence techniques. Note that the attack methodology and tips given by the instructor, Nikhil Mittal,…

The AWAE/OSWE Journey: A Review

Students who are familiar with the PWK/OSCP understand that the field of penetration testing is broad, and at times, overwhelming because there is a lot to learn. Does the AWAE/OSWE come across as significantly less broad? Well, not exactly, because web applications are extremely diverse. Let us take the white box/black box approach to examine…

Pre-OSWE Jitters

Dear Offsec, I’ve never quite felt such a magnitude of ph33r in any examination so far, but the thought of facing a L100 behemoth for 48 hours in a week’s time is frightening indeed. I was a L10 servant in infosec before the AWAE course, and now I’m barely a L30 archer. Spending countless days…