Russ Taylor joined the Security Community later in his career, experienced with over 12 years experience in IT. Russ took part in the Cyber Security Challenge 2011/2012 and finished 2nd in the Masterclass Final. The initial rounds of the Cyber Security Challenge started off with over 4000 players. Details in the links section.
Since then his career has moved in the direction Russ was hoping for at a good pace. When Russ completed the Cyber Challenge he was in Royal Air Force, and as the result of the competition placing he was requested to join the Joint Cyber Unit. After the JCU Russ decided it was time to move on and work in industry, where he is currently working in Digital Forensics and Incident Response (DFIR) role.
Russ started his security career getting ‘down and dirty’ with packets, completing the SANS503 course and becoming GCIA (GIAC Certified Intrusion Analyst) certified. Wireshark was home away from home, since then he has progressed to not only network forensics, but Windows forensics, recently completing the GCFE (GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner).
This blog will not follow a specific field of research, but instead allows Russ to explore different veins of security. As a DFIR Analyst needs to at least have an understanding of all attack vectors, as well as how to detect them.