Professional Development and Education 2016

Some fairly detailed notes on the classes I taught, took, conferences I attended, fees, and other professional development and education expenses in 2016, for discussion

Conference Attendance: (~ $500 USD)

  1. Security Onion Conference, Augusta GA and B-Sides Augusta:
    • Tickets:
    • hotel room, milage, food:

Online Courses, exams, and lab access: (~ $10,000 USD)

  1. FOR508 OnDemand via SANS Institute :
    • Add on: Netwars Core Continuous
    • Add on: GCFA proctored exam
  2. Pen Testing with Kali via Offensive Security :
  3. Investigation Theory: the Analyst Mindset via Advanced Network Defense :

Fees and Renewals (~ $1,500 USD)

  1. ISC^2 AMF for CISSP
  2. Renewal for GCIA
  3. AST membership
  4. ACM membership
  5. GSE written exam fee

Books and materials

NoStarch (~ $200 USD)

  • Practical Packet Analysis, 3rd Edition
  • Rootkits and Bootkits
  • Practical Forensic Imaging
  • CS Detective (PRE-ORDER)

Amazon (~ $100 USD)

  • The Web Application Hacker’s Handbook: Discovering and Exploiting Security Flaws (used)
  • The AV Hacker’s Handbook (used)
  • File System Forensic Analysis (extra copy)
  • Reversing: Secrets of Reverse Engineering (used)
  • Hacking: The Art of Exploitation, 2nd Edition (used, 2, for spare DVDs)
  • Forensic Discovery (used)

Equipment and parts (~ $1,200 USD)

  • APC UPS Battery Back Up (BR1500G) - replace, upgrade home lab UPS
  • second lab workstation for home lab
  • Dell Alienware power supplies for home lab
  • Drive adaptors and cables, video adaptors, a KVM for home lab,
  • Crucial MX300 525GB SATA 2.5 Inch Internal Solid State Drive - upgrade teaching laptop
  • MyDigitalSSD 120GB SATA III (6G) mSATA SSD Solid State Drive - home lab workstation upgrade
  • [2-in-1] Inateck 3 Ports USB 3.0 Hub and RJ45 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet, 2 or 3
  • HP power adaptor for teaching laptop (spare)
  • Apple power adaptor for home
  • Alfa AWUS051NH 500mW High Gain 802.11a/b/g/n high power Wireless USB (for wireless attack testing)

Courses taught, week long boot camps on location

  1. SEC504 in January
  2. TA’d SEC401 in March
  3. SEC401 in Sept
  4. SEC511 in Nov
Written on February 3, 2017