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About me


Look at me all up in that throne looking casual :D

All bow to the king of bad pictures…

Name ::: Chris John Riley

Nationality ::: British

Location ::: Zürich/Valencia 

Profession ::: Penetration Tester / Security Analyst / Security Researcher

Short Bio ::: I’m just this guy you know!

A little history ::: I’ve been working in IT full-time since around 1996. During this time I’ve worked in a variety security and non-security roles, as well as performing some special project work and security research both professionally and privately. Like most people, I fell into security work while working at a previous employer. After diving into vulnerability scanning and some simple IDS work, the technical side of security really began to interested me more and more. I’d always been security conscious and into hacking (in the more traditional sense of the word). After a while of doing security on the side, I decided to re-focus my career away from support/operations with a side-helping of IDS/Vulnerability testing, and into a full-time job in security. Not an easy transition, but worth every penny, and every hour spent learning and re-learning what I thought I knew. Nothing makes you learn a technology like trying to break / protect it!

Since starting this journey into security I’ve had the good fortune to meet a lot of interesting people and learn a lot of new and interesting things I never thought possible before. In my spare time, alongside trying to squeeze in the odd blog post here and there, I’m a co-host of the Eurotrash Security Podcast where I’m the one that says ummm and errr far too often!

Feel free to leave feedback, or send me an message using the contact form below.

Please note ::: WordPress’ contact form likes to eat spam for breakfast. This unfortunately means a lot of non-spam gets chewed up and spat out too to /dev/null. If you don’t get a reply within a few days, just send it again…. or I just didn’t find your message interesting enough… who knows 😉

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10 responses to “About me

  1. Chang Kautz December 20, 2009 at 09:17

    I am happy that I stumbled on your site. Just adding you to my feed reader now.

  2. Bob McGrath January 29, 2010 at 18:12

    Hi Chris,

    I find your site a nice balance – rare in infosecurity ….

    Currently I find myself working away from the family..again..with some time on my hands.
    My problem is that I want to do increase my latent technical security skills with a cert but frankly after doing CEH and CHFI last year, other than retaining a few fun facts, I found them not much more than basic memory retention.

    I will probably do CISSP sometime but only as a means to bypass HR….I’m sure you know what I mean.

    Specifically would you recommend the OSCP as a good starting point for pentesting basics? Basically I seem to be drawn towards that area but wouldn’t dare put myself up as a pentester without much more experience! I have screwed around in hackthissite but want more.

    BTW next time you are in Amsterdam give me a shout.



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  4. chryssula October 9, 2013 at 10:17

    Hi Chris,
    I find it amusing that a tech guy uses a book title for his blogroll. That’s kinda cute. 😉 Do I understand your blog? Oh well, don’t think I can for the moment. Anyway, check your spam folder. That might help. You’ve got mail Chris.
    kind regards

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