Thursday, November 9, 2017

IR Toolkit

In 20 years of systems administration and incident response, there are a handful of tools I find myself coming back to over and over again. Naturally, the SysInternals suite is on the list, along with Wireshark and Didier Stevens PDF tools. I've also included portable installations of Python Some are useful for examining a system, others are useful for examining a suspicious file or attachment. So... I started a GitHub project to document my favorite free and/or open-source tools.

I'll bet my readers have some of their own favorites: by all means, please comment below, or submit a pull request on GitHub, and I'll update the list!

Whois David?

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I have spent the better part of two decades in information technology and security, with roots in application developer support, system administration, and network security. My specialty is cyber threat intelligence - software vulnerabilities and patching, malware, social networking risks, etc. In particular, I strive to write about complex cyber topics in a way that can be understood by those outside the infosec industry.

Why do I do this? A common comment I get from friends and family is that complex security topics give them headaches. They want to know in simple terms how to stay safe in a connected world. Folks like me and my peers have chosen to make a profession out of hacking and defending. I've been doing this for the better part of two decades, and so have a high degree of knowledge in the field. Others have chosen different paths - paths where I would be lost. This is my effort to share my knowledge with those that are experts in something else.

When not in front of a digital screen, I spend my time raising five rambunctious teens and pre-teens - including two sets of twins. Our family enjoys archery, raising show and meat rabbits, and simply enjoying life in the Texas hill country.

For a decade I served as either Commander or a division leader for the Awana Club in Dripping Springs, Texas; while I have retired from that role I continue to have a passion for children's ministry. At the moment I teach 1st through 3rd grade Sunday School. Follow FBC Dripping Springs Kids to see what is going on in our children's ministries.