Building a Firewall

This post is probably going to be updated a few times as it’s a work in progress as I figure things out. As I’ve noted before a few times, I like to write things out as I figure them out so that I don’t have to research time and again. Today’s project, replacing a pfSense firewall with a Centos server and Firewalld.

Ready for a Rainy Day

Operation Strong Eagle IV

A couple of hours ago Congress and President Trump finally put to end the longest government shutdown in the history of the United States. But the next one we need to worry about may be only 8 months away.

Hide Your Privates

So I learned a pretty tough lesson today. I was doing some research for a project at work (which was going to be the original topic of today’s post) on which required me to setup a SOCKs proxy through AWS. I logged onto AWS, configured a small instance and went to spin it up when I got an error message saying that I didn’t have permissions to do this.

Lessons In Intel Failures from Star Wars

A while ago, I came across the below series of Tweets from MG Mick Ryan (An Australian officer) that examines the intelligence failures of one of the most epic wars of mankind….the fight against the empire.

In all seriousness while this is a joking post (I tend to be more of a Star Trek guy myself anyway), there are actually some valid lessons illustrated.

Black Friday Deals

Black Friday

Here are the current deals that I am tracking related to info sec and other general nerdery.  Will update as I can. Here we go again! Pastebin – Lifetime Pro Acct. Deal: $19.95 (normally $49.95) Dates: Current – 11/27 Link: https://pastebin.com/pro?coupon=blackfri Source: https://twitter.com/pastebin/status/1064836723388149760 Shodan – Lifetime Deal: $5 (normally $49) Dates: 11/23 – 11/26 Link: »

Army Cyber Skills Challenge 6

SGT Haubrich Award

Last week was the 6th annual Army Cyber Skills Challenge (ACSC) hosted by my home unit, 780th MI Brigade.  If you don’t recall, I first wrote about ACSC about this time last year.  This was the 2nd year in a row that I served as the OIC for the event, and it was truly bigger »

Chicken or the Egg

Mobile Subscriber Equipment

I was browsing through the 255N Facebook group when someone posted this comment that got a good discussion going. There were several great points that were brought up in the conversation and I posted a short answer myself but I thought that the topic deserved a little bit more discussion.

Warrant Officer Promotions

Warrant Ranks

For the first time in a very long time, the warrant officer promotion board results were actually released in the same FY as when the board actually met!  First let me say congrats to everyone that was selected for promotion.  Before I go into the numbers, let me preface this by saying that these numbers »