Saturday, July 23, 2011

Orion 0.4 Squirrel Edition Released

The Orion Live CD is an Ubuntu-based environment for computer security analysts and incident responders to acquire and analyze data, track case information, and collaborate securely over SSH tunnels.

I started Orion as the last project for my Masters of Information Security Engineering degree with the SANS Technology Institute. The Orion project team is small right now (there are three of us), but we're always on the lookout for the right new members to add.

Please check out version 0.4 (AKA the “Squirrel Edition”) at the sourceforge site:

Friday, April 01, 2011

SANS Community Albuquerque: Come learn current hacker techniques!

I keep having this conversation with former students: "Hey John, remember that thing we talked about in class? It's just like what was in the news the other day!"


The SANS Hacker Techniques, Exploits, and Incident Handling class (SEC 504) has one goal: Teach defenders how attackers are breaking into systems and how to defend against those attacks.

I am pleased to announce that I will be teaching SEC 504 at SANS Community Albuquerque April 25-30. We'll cover the material written by the visionary Ed Skoudis and his co-authors. We'll also discuss current news and what's going on behind the scenes. And, we'll end the week with a rockin' cool Capture the Flag contest to test your new and existing skillz.

Come join me! I guarantee a fun and informative week. :-)

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Lector, si monumentum requiris, circumspice

When Christopher Wren died in 1723, this epitaph was inscribed on his tombstone at St. Paul's Cathedral in London: Reader, if you seek his memorial, look around you.

As one of the most noted English architects, and founder of the Royal Society, the monument to his memory was wrought by his own hands over many years before his mortal end.

It is telling that part of Wren's material legacy included the rebuilding of 50 churches and St. Paul's Cathedral after the Great Fire of London in 1666. From chaos, order. Now, just in case I have piqued the interest of freemasons and occultists -- I really mean this in the most literal sense: the destruction wrought by nature (or even not by nature) has always become an opportunity for creative minds to build something from the ashes.

This cycle of destruction and rebirth is the true human condition, but the detail we often forget is that we create the order and the chaos.

Every day, look around and ask what your monument will be.