I’ve been exceedingly busy as of late, and so haven’t been able to keep track of recent news in the realm of Information Security or the like, let alone compose blog posts to condense such news pieces into understandable material. My girlfriend has been rather ill, and we’ve been rushing in and out of hospital, so obviously this blog wasn’t the first thing on my mind. Everything is going OK now though, so I thought I’d post a few updates on what I am doing in life, and with the blog.
I started term last week, and so far I’ve signed up for far more courses than I can actually take for the end of year exams (in May), which means I’ll have to drop a few of them later in the year. I can choose up to 3 modules this term, and so far my only “definite” choice is Advanced Cryptography. I’m also quite attracted to Digital Forensics, which means my main choice is between Standards and Evaluation Criteria, Computer Crime, and Security Testing Theory and Practice.
Of course, these courses are just the ones I am taking the exams for; I can still attend any courses free of charge this term; I just won’t be able to get any credit for them. The Standards and Computer Crime courses are less technical, and more aimed towards people aiming at going into Security Management, but they still touch on some nice aspects of Information Security that could be useful to know. Since I’m most probably doing Digital Forensics, the Security Testing course is a good one to pair it up with, which is why I’ll most likely choose it for my main exams. I’ll let you all know what I decide!
My next update is in terms of some new tech I’m getting (after a nice spending spree on Amazon). I’ve ordered two new USB Wireless Adaptors (N and N+) from Belkin, mainly to do some analysis of networks around campus, but also to try some attacks on a few networks some of my fellow students own. I’ve also managed to go a few months now without a USB stick, which doesn’t make any sense, so I decided to buy a Corsair 16GB one.
The main purchase was something I’ve been meaning to buy for a long time; a netbook! After a few weeks of looking around, I finally decided on the Asus Eee PC 1018P. I had been looking at the 1015PE, which was about £90 cheaper on Amazon (thanks to a deal), and had a slightly better battery. The reason I decided on the more expensive version was threefold: the 1018P is faster, has USB 3.0 ports, and comes with a fingerprint scanner, which will be useful in doing tests on biometric security. Any results I get from such testing will of course be posted on this blog.
So those are my updates for now. All I have to do is wait for the netbook to arrive, and then I’ll be installing BackTrack Linux, which is a distribution of Linux aimed at penetration testing. I’ve read that it can be installed on my Eee, but I’ve never tried it before, and since the Eee has no CD Drive, it should be a fun experience! I’ll of course keep you all updated and possibly write a tutorial if I find a good fast way of doing it.