Cатсн²² (in)sесuяitу / ChrisJohnRiley

Because we're damned if we do, and we're damned if we don't!

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2008 has been a good year so far. The list of good things is long, and the fight to achieve them has been hard. Still I can finally take a slight pause, look back and realise what I’ve achieved in the last 9 months. Don’t worry, I won’t bore you to death with a list, but I will take time to mention the latest “good thing”. This months issue of Linux Magazine (issue 96) plays host to my first published article. Although the article isn’t ground breaking, or anywhere near as earth shattering as I’d like, it does mark a new track for me in the years to come, as I’m sure I’ll be continuing on with write on and off as time permits. The article covers the install and basic configuration of  Snort (with backend my-sql database). I’m no expert on the inner workings of Snort, but I’ve been a user for some time and think it serves a purpose for users looking to setup a simple Snort sensor. If you’ve read the article please feel free to leave a comment, anything constructive will be well received.

I’ve learnt a lot from the experience, and through failures, can make sure that anything I write from now on will be better than my first attempt. After all, we’re all a little shaky on our feet the first time we try to walk. Got to learn to walk before you can run.

Next challenge, a presentation on “Information Disclosure” at the upcoming IT-SecX conference in St. Pölten, Austria. It’s a small one night event held near Vienna on the 31st October. Should be an interesting event, and hopefully the start of me overcoming my fear of presenting infront of crowds. What’s the worst that could happen ???

Don’t answer that…. no really… please don’t 😉

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