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Rust A Programming Language

Packt has published a new book called “Rust – Web Programming” authored by Maxwell Flitton.

Now, I am totally new to this programming language. But I have to say after spending some time learning it. Rust is a language that has the potential to become very widely used for ecommerce and general websites with web applications. I have decided to create a write up for those that may have some interest in learning about Rust.


Why use Rust ?


Rust solves many pain points which are present in many other current programming languages.

Better memory usage due to better garbage collection. Most common languages such as Python, PHP and Java have a garbage collection process. However, these languages have a process that uses up extra resources and CPU time on the machine to manage and run the garbage collection process.

Speed performance is also seen to faster than most other programming languages. And Rust ever so little trails behind C++ in terms of speed.

It is much easier to learn and understand Rust. Syntax for code is easier to write, read and understand for someone that is new to programming.

Community support is huge for Rust, and you can easily find other devs using it for many user cases.

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Earning the Microsoft 365 Threat Protection CCP Badge

I am super honored to say that I am now officially part of the Microsoft 365 Threat Protection Customer Connection Program as a Community Member!

You can view the official badge & details here -> https://www.credly.com/badges/b6a58efe-386f-43c6-a056-2e1defbf45a6/public_url

I have been extremely fortunate to be able to help drive many of Microsoft’s security tools and roadmaps. For those members that are part of the M365 Threat Protection CCP group. They get a chance to contribute heavily to provide feedback on Microsoft Security products. In the end, it helps enhance the security roadmap that Microsoft plans out. Some of the technologies we get to help drive forward and further enhance are listed below.

For example:

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Passing the GCFA exam

Recently, I challenged the GIAC/SANS GCFA exam. And I am excited to say I passed and have obtained the GCFA certificate!

This was one of the more detailed courses I had taken in awhile. The IR and Threat hunting sections were not as new to me. However, the memory and forensics section were very deep and detailed. Normally, most organizations will contract out major forensic type of work to 3rd party external partners. So, the forensics section was something I do not work on as often. But I found learning and getting the knowledge of various ways malware can hide in memory, or how to detect Time stomping attacks from malware was extremely fun and exciting to learn. Feeling incredibly grateful to learn about all these new attack techniques and detection mechanisms.

Prepping for the exam

I highly advise everyone take the SANS FOR 508 course. You can read my review of it here -> https://www.stealthbay.com/review-of-sans-for-508/

The course will prepare you for the exam and cover topics and tools that you will be tested on. There is a lot of material to learn in the course. So, dedicate a good amount of time towards learning the course material and all the concepts. The class itself was amazing especially when you get into Memory Analysis, File system analysis and the Anti-forensics sections.

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Passing The Microsoft AZ-900 Exam

Getting Microsoft Certified for Azure Fundamentals


I decided to challenge the AZ-900 Exam, as I got a Microsoft voucher for a free exam attempt. So, I decided to give the exam a crack. Basing it off other peer’s experience, who had already taken this exam. The consensus I had heard is that it should be a simple exam if you have used Azure before and worked on different services (e.g., IaaS, PaaS, SaaS.) I probably spent about less than 8 hours prepping, as I felt the topics seemed general and things I have already been exposed too.

Prepping to take the exam

My personal experience with Azure is that I have worked with it for 3+ years. If you have spent a lot of time in the Azure environment building things, configuring things and managing different items. You will have no problem challenging this exam. Most of the concepts are related to everyday tasks that you would be working on. Or tasks you would have been exposed to at some point while engineering designs in Azure.

Here is a score list of what you need to know –> https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/learn/certifications/exams/az-900

  • Cloud concepts (20-25%)
  • Core Azure services (15-20%)
  • Core solutions and management tools on Azure (10-15%)
  • General security and network security features (10-15%)
  • Identity, governance, privacy, and compliance features (20-25%)
  • Azure cost management and Service Level Agreements (10-15%)
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InfoSec-Jobs.com – A rare Cyber Security job listings site

I wanted to post about a very cool one-of-a-kind cyber security job listing website. If you are looking into getting a job specializing in cyber security, you are in luck!  One of my friends has created a website dedicated towards connecting like minded cyber security professionals and hiring managers.

What is InfoSec-Jobs.com?

It is a highly focused website listing out only cyber security positions. You can check out the website here: https://infosec-jobs.com/

It has listings that only consist of security focused and related jobs or positions. If you are a hiring manager, it is a great place that allows you to post your current open positions if you are looking for some talented cyber security professionals.

The website also does not sell your personal information, CV/Resume details to any other parties, and no external trackers are used on the site. The website is built to protect every user’s personal information.

It is a rare website, as most other IT job related websites showcase various IT positions. There are none that really focus just on cyber security positions. So this is a new rare gem to check out and bookmark!

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