Teach Me How to Route!

Securing the Grid – Getting Started on CIP Standards

This one is going to go into something that I work with on a day-to-day basis at my current job. Everyone knows HIPPA, Sarbanes Oxley (SOX), and PCI-DSS are common compliance frameworks that delve into the securing of information systems, but one that is often overlooked is the regulatory compliance guidelines that the energy industry […]

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Demystifying Cryptography

Many system administrations and network administrators alike find the details behind cryptography rather difficult to comprehend. Prior to me researching and learning about it, I also thought it was rather difficult, but it’s not. What is Cryptography? Put rather simply, cryptography is the science of manipulating data in such a way that it is obfuscated […]

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PKI – Part 3 : RDP Certs

Pesky Warning Messages If you’ve ever found yourself remoting into a machine, you’ve likely encountered that pesky and rather annoying message that the servers certificate can’t be trusted. We know, you could, you could just select that little checkbox that says “Don’t ask me again for connections to this computer”, but that’s not what we’re […]

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PKI – Part 2 : Smart Cards

I began writing this one shortly after I wrote my last. As of current, it’s the 11th of January at 1AM and I can’t find the care to go to sleep. Looking back at past posts I noticed that I seem to post these in waves when I get the motiviation. Typically I’ll spend anywhere […]

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Public Key Infrastructure – Part 1

It’s been over a year since I’ve last posted and that’s primarily because of life smacking me straight in the face. Between studying for college, certification exams, and the recent news of our Baby Girl on the way, I just haven’t had the time to sit down and write a meaningful and well thought out […]

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Beer me that Route!

I’ve actually been meaning to write this post for 2 months now, but I keep procrastinating and bingewatching Netflix instead. I found myself in a precarious situation a while ago, something that we’ve since resolved through changes in our network architecture, but prior to the changes, I learned a thing or two thanks to it. […]

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Houston, We Have a Problem – Spanning Tree Protocol Review

In my studying for the CCNA Tech Assessment that one must pass to continue with the VTIP/CTIP program, I’ve done a lot of review on basic CCNA concepts. My primary weakness, not so much with the configuration, but with some of the detailed information, is with Spanning Tree Protocol. For those who don’t know, STP […]

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Back to Basics: Revisiting Group Policy

As we all know,  I don’t usually dive into servers or applications, my primary specialty and passion is the infrastructure which runs it all. Despite this, my current position requires me to be proficient in all of it so that I can provide advanced technical support and instruction to our less experience technicians. After an […]

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Essential Constructs: Path Manipulation

One of the things that I think is key from separating a good network engineer from a great network enginner is their ability to control the paths which data travels. As we all know, each routing protocol has built-in best path algorithms, but sometimes, these just aren’t enough. There may be many reasons for an […]

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The Ten Commandments: #1 Route Filtering

This is something I want to touch on as it’s a very important subject in my eyes. Our jobs as network engineers and administrators is to provide seamless communications to clients and servers alike, an often overlooked component of which is (in my opinion) route filtering. For those who aren’t aware, route filtering is the […]

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