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CISA Exam Study Guide from Packt


CISA Study Guide from Packt

I like to review over CISA study materials and keep up with content every year. ISACA usually has small new updates every year to the auditing domains. It is always nice to see all the new changes and advancements that are being made in the auditing world. This year, I decided to check out a book and wanted to post a quick review of it for others so they may get some good use out of it too.


What is this book about

The book is was just recently published by Packt and is called “CISA – Certified Information Systems Auditor Study Guide” authored by Hemang Doshi. You can grab a copy of it here –> https://amzn.to/358rb3h

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Autopsy– A Forensic Analysis Tool


Autopsy – Digital Forensics

For anyone looking to conduct some in depth forensics on any type of disk image. Autopsy is a great free tool that you can make use of for deep forensic analysis.

It has been a few years since I last used Autopsy. I recall back on one of the SANS tools (SANS SIFT). Back then I felt it was a great tool, but did lack speed in terms of searching through data. It appears with the most recent version of Autopsy that issue has been drastically improved. On top of that, machines have also become much faster using SSD’s and tons of more CPU and RAM power.

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Recover Keys – Part 2 – Scanning Devices on the Network

In this Part 2 review of Recover Keys, we will look at how we can scan machines via the network. For most users, I don’t believe this option will be used too often. The average home user that purchase a license for personal use could just uninstall and install the tool on each machine they want to grab license keys off of, or buy a license for multiple machines.

For larger organizations this tool is excellent as it can be installed in one location on a single machine. You also get the ability of being able to extract the license keys via the network, which makes this tool much more efficient and valuable. At the end of the day it is all about saving and making the best use of time.

If you haven’t read Part 1 of using Recover Keys (scanning a local machines) you can check it out here: https://www.stealthbay.com/recover-keys-part-1-scanning-a-local-machine/

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Recover Keys – Part 1 – Scanning a Local Machine

Recovering License Keys

I ran into an issue when trying to upgrade a windows 7 PC back in 2019 before Windows 7 went EOL. A decision was made to start a complete fresh install of Windows 10 instead of upgrading from Windows 7 to 10.

However, it came with a caveat that I would have to reinstall many tools all over again. For some of them, I no longer had a stored copy of the license key(s) laying around, or stored digitally any longer. So it got me thinking, if there was a way to recover these license keys.

Now, I could poke around and find the answers combing through the Registry or disk. However, I thought I’d speed things up by using existing tools that get the job done for you.

Nirsoft (a well-known website for recovering all kinds of artifacts from your PC) used to have a free tool that would search the registry for license keys. The tool was called “ProduKey”, and can be found here:https://www.nirsoft.net/utils/product_cd_key_viewer.html

But, upon trying to download the file, it gets redirected to another website called “recover keys” https://recover-keys.com/en/aboutus.html   

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Review of SEC545 Cloud Security Architecture and Operations

SEC545: Cloud Security Architecture and Operations

Just recently I went to attend a local SANS Community class in my city. For those that are not aware, SANS Community classes are usually smaller classes with 5-10+ students. It’s a small venue with more of a small class size, but the material would be the same that SANS would teach on vLive, OnDemand, or at a SANS conference.

I can say that the SEC545: Cloud Security Architecture and Operations class is VERY popular. There were many students there that were not hardcore SANS enthusiasts such as myself. Many people were there on the basis that companies are all now starting to move to the cloud. And, many companies are worried about the security implications of moving, and with larger concerns on if the architecture is not setup and configured correctly.

The class was very much AWS focused, which was great for me in terms of learning AWS. However, Read The Full Post

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