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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Creating ISO Images with dd

Last night while troubleshooting an issue with VMWare Fusion, I discovered how to create an ISO image using the dd command. The process is incredibly simple, making me wonder how I had missed it for so long. To start the process, you must sudo to root. Next, insert the media into the drive. Finally, enter the command:

dd if=/dev/cdrom of=.iso.

"if" declares the input file, while "of" declares the output file.

When this process is comple, there will be a newly created ISO image file that can be easily mounted in VMWare. This command can be useful in reducing the amount of media that has to be carried around in your backpack.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

SANS Security 401 in Chattanooga

Tonight starts my SANS Mentor class in Chattanooga, TN. I am very excited about bringing SANS training to Chattanooga. It was a lot more preparation than I expected, but I am so glad I finally decided to do it. Security 401 - SANS Security Essentials Bootcamp Style was the first SANS class I took way back in 2004, back when I thought I knew it all. I took Security 401 after being in security for several years. I still was able to learn a lot of new material and be exposed to concepts I had never considered before. I am striving to let the same be said for the students in my class.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

InfraGard Chapter Meeting in Chattanooga

Today I attended the InfraGard meeting in Chattanooga, TN. Normally this would be a five minute drive to attend, but today took much longer as I drove up from Atlanta. The meeting was excellent, as always and had good attendance. We heard a special briefing from the FBI about recent cyber security issues. The featured speaker was from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee who spoke about the lessons learned from the Eastgate incident. This was a great opportunity for everyone to get wisdom as cheaply as you can.

The difficult part of this meeting was announcing that I was stepping down as the President of the InfraGard chapter. Serving in this role allowed me to meet so many people and help share how successful InfraGard has become throughout Tennessee. I am particularly proud of the Keeping Kids Safe Online Program I mentioned before. This has great potential to grow and impact even more students.

I am excited to report there are now 167 members in the chapter and am amazed at how it has grown over the last three years. Having both the FBI and the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security always engaged at the meetings helped foster this growth. I am certain that the chapter will remain strong and continue to prosper.

Saturday, August 7, 2010


I have been in Atlanta and at the new job for a week and am still getting settled in. Today looks to be a good day as Comcast is supposed to be here this afternoon (finally).

I miss my friends in Tennessee a lot and am looking forward to seeing them at the Chattanooga InfraGard meeting next week. I also plan to attend the Atlanta ISSA meeting later this month.