I planned on doing a few blog posts in December but due to a few great December surprises I wasn’t online much. My month started off by taking a much needed relaxing week of vacation in San Diego with my wife. On the last day of our trip I got the type of email everyone hopes for: “I know this is last minute, but would you like to go to the SANS CDI conference in DC next week?”.
CDI was my first east coast SANS conference and it was well worth the trip. I got to spend a lot of time with some absolutely amazing people and it was truly one of the best weeks of my life. I’m not sure yet what conferences I’ll be going to in 2015 but I can’t wait to find out.
It was a great end to a fantastic year. I got the opportunity to attend several SANS trainings in person as well as online. Got a chance to attend some other penetration testing training. Got to attend my first Blackhat and Defcon thanks to the generosity of Don over at ethicalhacker.net and made some great friends with similar interests to mine.
I improved my knowledge and skills dramatically in 2014 but still have a lot of work to do in some areas including exploit development and reverse engineering. I’m also starting to play with things like using binwalk to analyze firmware and I just got a Riff Box to try to learn to JTAG mobile devices.
Thank you so much to everyone I’ve interacted with this year and hopefully 2015 will be even better.