Tuesday, January 23, 2018

My backstory

I became interested in computers and electronics growing up.

My first computer was a used system built by an acquaintance a 486dx running 33Mhz 4Megs of ram and . I purchased it after making a agreement with my father to match me in the purchase price. He was not aware that I had saved over $300 already. A tidy sum for an 11 year old. During the build we visited computer shows in the area to get all the parts needed. I was so stoked to have a 2x CDrom and sound blaster compatible sound card.

I wasnt quite sure what I was going to do with my new computer but I wanted to understand all the features and settings. I commed though the settings and managed to break the system a few times. Apparently autoexec.bat and command.com are important :P

A year later I purchased two 10baseT cards with coax cables and terminators in order to connect my father and my computers together. This would allow me to connect to the internet while my father was connected via America Online with the modem.

In elementary I networked three computers (shared across 4 classrooms) together so all three could use a single laser printer.

In middle school I was part of the computer club where we played computer games after school in the computer lab. In 7th grade an opportunity was brought forward for a website to be built for my middle school team. My first official website. I went to the high school and worked with a teacher on learning Adobe Pagemill. At the end of the session I was teaching the teacher how to use Pagemill. This was also the first time I started learning about Windows NT and Mandrake Linux.

In high school I tried to connect with the computer club but never really felt much satisfaction with it. I continued to build websites for a couple of groups. There was a Cisco Vocational class but I never got focused into that. In my junior & senior years I started working with a local electrician and upon his recommendation I set my sights on an Engineering Degree with the University of Akron.

I started at the UA working with the AV group pushing TV and setting up projectors across the campus. A few months into the job I started working on installs of av setups and scalers. After my first semester I was able to get a job at the Help Desk. During this time I got into lockpicking and building linux servers using Gentoo & Red Hat Servers. I also became more interested in Ham Radio and became a Technician Armature Radio Operator.

A few years after leaving the university I started working a an RF Engineer with GE in their MRI division. This was a contract position so a year later I went and got a job as a Help Desk with phone support. During this I got my A+ Net+, Sec+, & MSCA I was attempting to find advancement in the company. This didn't pan out. :(

Next job was a Systems Engineer/System Architect. The owner wanted me to be Cisco certified so I got my CCNA. During this time I really loved building networks and systems. Security became more of a focus to me. I heard about a local group called NEOISF and decided to come to a meeting. The topics there were new and were exactly what I was interested in. I wanted to know how I could get a job like that. I got some interest in ham radio again and tested to become a general level license holder.

In my next position I became a Sr Systems & Security Administrator. I looked at others in the security field and saw that a CISSP sometimes helped with opening doors so I decided to get my CISSP certification. My CCNA was going to expire so I tested for the Cisco Wireless and passed. I continued to attend NEOISF and wast elected a board member, I also heard about conferences like Information Security Summit, Notacon, BSides, Derbycon, & Shmoocon. I began attending these cons and attended my first training, a into to pentesting with David Kennedy at the Information Security Summit.

After attending a few BSides I heard that Cleveland, in previous years, had a BSides, so I reached out to David Kennedy the organizer. He let me know he wasn't able to do it this year.So I posted on the twitterverse if anyone wanted to help me restart up BSides Cleveland. Rockie Brockway and a few others responded and we started BSides Cleveland once again.

I was a part of BSides Cleveland for 4 years. I ran the social media, Swag design & purchasing, Website management, CFP & CFT collecting and communication, along with all the AV for the event.

I was attending a local conference Circle City Con and someone was asking for help administering tests for ham radio. I offered and became a VE, then got my extra license ticket.

Since then I have been attending local conferences, working at my newest position as a pentester, and helping others when I can.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Places you can find me in 2018


  • BSides Columbus
  • Columbus ISSA Summit
  • 614Con
  • BSides Cleveland
  • Converge/Bsides Detroit
  • DerbyCon
  • WildWest Hacking Fest

Ham Radio Projects

I have been working on a few ham radio offerings that I could take to local conferences.

An analog repeater built off a GR1225 running on the 70cm band with 35watts of power. Maybe connected to All-Star/Echolink.

A digital repeater running from a CDR750 with a Pi-Star Raspi Pi3 and a MMDVM. I intend to offer DMR & D-Star modes.

A Gotenna Mesh modded with enhanced antenna with better gain than the stock fractial antenna.

A 2M APRS node.


Who Am I

I am a collector, a collector of ideas and concepts. I am not the best at really much of anything but I can say I have a wide breath of knowledge. Others may have a deep understanding or may create far more than me but I enjoy knowing something about most concepts.

Some topics that interest me are:

CyberSecurity
Electronics
Ham Radio
Cooking
Cocktails & Bespoke/unique takes on drinks and techniques.
Movies

Getting started

New Years are all about resolutions right?

Well mine was to get off my ass and write a blog. Not a great blog, maybe not even a good one, but one where I could put my ramblings and ideas of projects I am working on.

I may not keep every post and I am going to resist the little voice that says this is shit and I should be embarrassed to write it. So here goes....

At first I hope to write posts that are similar to others in my industry. Over time I will continue to write about what I am working on, new things I have learned (and need to remember), and anything else that piques my fancy.