In this post, I’m discussing how I’m going about achieving my first $1,000,000.

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The Goal

As the title said, the goal is to achieve $1,000,000. I often read that the first million is the hardest. After running some very optimistic projections, I can hit that first million pretty much within the four years and achieve the second million…

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There’s been a lot of news lately surrounding the SolarWinds hack. It’s basically taking up all the news cycles in the security circles. Today I want to talk about a barely covered article that comes from ZDNet. It’s titled “This new Cyberattack can dupe DNA scientists into creating dangerous viruses and toxins.” It was published on November 30th, and I’ve been waiting for it to get picked up more by mainstream media, but I never heard a second mention.

This article basically covers that researchers at a university could craft a malware type that could replace genetic sequences in systems…

Our First Hackathon

Sometime in mid-June of 2020, Elastic invited my organization to participate in a hackathon they were hosting. For those that don’t know, Elastic is a pretty big up and comer in the Search space and described at times as the next Google. Those are some big shoes to fill, but that’s a discussion for another time.

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My organization’s primary business is in cybersecurity, and Elastic has been making moves into that industry, hoping to use it’s search tools to empower threat hunters and allow them to digest, analyze, and correlate events happening across the enterprise. They already have an out-of-box…

Things to consider either before you join the military or while still serving

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Serving in the military is a time-honored tradition for some Americans and their families. Such so, that our culture and politics continues to highlight the esteem of military service and the reverence placed on service members. The topics of national defense and the military have always served as talking points for political candidates, the inspiration for Hollywood action movies, and as a nontraditional career path for entering the workforce.

We can further see the importance and priorities the military receives by looking at how Congress handles it’s yearly budget appropriations. On multiple occasions when the federal government has had to…

Data is Everything

Whether hunting down hackers in your network, optimizing traffic flow, or just trying to build a network baseline, you’ll learn that data is everything. Data is our gateway to gaining deeper insights into the patterns or behaviors of our users and devices. The data we are hoping to gain insights into is network traffic.

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DIKW Model

Following the Data, Information, Knowledge, Wisdom (DIWK) model, we’re going to walk through building a pipeline for turning network traffic data into network traffic knowledge. Out two tools of choice will be Moloch and Elastic.

What is Moloch?

In short terms, Moloch is an open-source, scalable packet capture and…

Background on Myself

On August 30th, 2018, I graduated from the Udacity Deep Learning Nanodegree. Unlike many others to go through the program, I do not have a Computer Science or Engineering degree. In fact, I don’t have any graduate or undergraduate degree. My highest form of a completed college education is an Associate of Science in Electronics Technology from a community college, which basically went into basic small electronic theory like modulation, simple circuits, and circuit board components. My professional background is in Network Engineering and Cybersecurity.

Going into a field of study like machine learning with no exposure to statistics, calculus…

Kyle Topasna

Infosec Professional, AI Engineer, Data Scientist

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