Virtual machines, emulations of computers, are an amazing learning tool. If you have a single computer and want to learn about computer networking, web application pen-testing, or try a new Linux distro, virtual machines are your very best friend. By setting up one or more servers as virtual machines you can experiment with quite a… Continue reading Spinning Up Your First Virtual Machine
**I've been reading The Manga Guide to Cryptography and POC||GTFO to learn more about crypto. I'm just trying out digitizing some of my notes here, though I'm thinking a wiki like docuwiki would be better. OneNote isn't really floating my boat lately. Anyway, this shouldn't be taken as original writing, or a finished article, and… Continue reading Cryptography Basics : Notes
When I made this blog, originally I was inspired by a technical writing course I took. I wanted to create a resource accessible to the average home user. However, in hindsight, there are multiple issues with that focus. Firstly, that's far to narrow of a focus considering my interests are not that of the average… Continue reading Refocusing
Maybe you always knew you wanted to pursue a career in computing, or maybe computers are a new love for you. But when I started my IT degree I had already put years into a fine art degree. I had no idea how computers, or networks, worked but my curiosity… Continue reading Advice for first year IT students
If you are an information technology or cybersecurity student with the opportunity to participate in a collegiate cyber defense competition I highly recommend you take advantage of it. If you don't have the opportunity to join an existing team I suggest you make one! Why? Because when you are tasked with defending a network you've… Continue reading Why should I try College Cyber Defense Competitions?
DefCon 25 was an amazing experience! While I had heard that DefCon could be an unwelcoming place to newcomers and women I did not find this to be the case personally. Attending DefCon was hands down the best conference experience I have had so far. While I did miss the first day due to working… Continue reading My First DefCon
This summer I had the opportunity to work at BlackHat USA as a conference associate and attend DefCon, both for the first time. Having never been to Las Vegas or such major conferences I was ecstatic for the opportunity.