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pfSense and Verizon FiOS

I have a small homelab setup at home that I use to practice cyber ninja skills and test new technology. My homelab consist of a refurbished HP Z420 Workstation with 64 GB RAM and over 2 TB of SSD storage used as a server. The server is running VMware ESXI 6.7, which hosts several VMs. One of the VMs is pfSense and has a 2 NIC adapter assigned for LAN and WAN. I also have Verizon’s FiOS G1100 router that…

GIAC GCIH Certified!… and some tips.

On October 16 2019, I passed GCIH exam with a score of 93%. Honestly, I was surprised I scored so high. I didn’t feel like I had a passing score until 2.5 hours (out of 4 hours) into the exam. The exam is designed to measure your knowledge on the many cyber attack types and tools discussed in their book material. In order to pass, it is important to understand in which stage of incident handling you are in. Additionally,…

Farewell Census Team!

Today, I close another chapter in my life. After 4 years working for the US Census Bureau, I leave in search of a new and more challenging adventure in an area that interests me the most. I have learned a lot in those 4 years: from system administration to information security. Thanks to everyone who took their time and patience to mentor me; and those who took their time to listen to me as I shared my knowledge and experiences…

Bronze Award Recognition

Last month, I had the great opportunity to be recognized with Department of Commerce Bronze Medal. The Bronze Medal is the highest award presented by the head or secretarial officer of a bureau under the Department of Commerce, for superior performance. Special thanks goes to those who helped me achieved this moment, especially to C. Allen, N. Patel., “T”, C. Nguyen, and S. Lee. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to demonstrate my expertise and knowledge towards the accomplishment…