Cyber Defense: Category - SANS Cyber Defense Courses

Frequently Asked Questions - SEC487: Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) Gathering and Analysis

Frequently Asked Questions SEC487: Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) Gathering and Analysis What is the class about? Who should take the class? What is the class layout? I've been doing work in the field for a while. Will the course be valuable to me or is it going to be too basic? Is this course focused on … Continue reading Frequently Asked Questions - SEC487: Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT) Gathering and Analysis


The 5 Biggest Mistakes Made During an OSINT Investigation

The 5 Biggest Mistakes Made During an OSINT Investigation By: Micah Hoffman (@WebBreacher) - SANS Certified Instructor I've learned that you can get better at something by learning from others' mistakes and misfortunes. When I was growing up, I watched America's Funniest Home Videos on TV. Nowadays, "fail" videos are all over the internet. We … Continue reading The 5 Biggest Mistakes Made During an OSINT Investigation


Q & A with Micah Hoffman, SEC487 Author

Meet Micah Hoffman. Micah has been working in the information technology field since 1998 supporting federal government, commercial, and internal customers in their searches to discover and quantify information security weaknesses within their organizations. He leverages years of hands-on, real-world OSINT, penetration testing, and incident response experience to provide excellentsolutions to his customers. Micah … Continue reading Q & A with Micah Hoffman, SEC487 Author


PowerShell Script to Block Cortana for Privacy

A simple PowerShell script to disable Windows Cortana and block outbound Cortana-related network traffic, while still allowing Cortana to be used for local searches, such as for settings and apps. Continue reading PowerShell Script to Block Cortana for Privacy


PowerShell 7-Zip Module Versus Compress-Archive with Encryption

A free PowerShell module makes 7-Zip archives very easy to use, especially when encrypting 7z and Zip archives with 256-bit AES encryption. 7-Zip is much better than the built-in Compress-Archive and Expand-Archive cmdlets, and can be combined with KeePass. Continue reading PowerShell 7-Zip Module Versus Compress-Archive with Encryption