About

Tell me how you protect yourself and i will tell you what you are. – me…i guess

Highly passionate about information technology but even more about computer security. I am the one requesting encryption on the chat, the one who brings the ethernet cable to a wi-fight, the one trying 1GB key size instead of 4096 bits. I am not the one who knocks, though. I am an incorrigible joker, cursed to make everyone around me laugh. I am a security researcher which suffers from severe paranoia and OCD (Obsessive Computational Disorder), combined with a highly humorous and spontaneous personality .

Professional bio:

My passion about IT started early (10 when i had my first computer) and  lead me to the course i took: Engineering of Telecommunications and Informatics on Instituto Superior Tecnico (Portugal). Since then, i have been able to improve my programming  (e.g. C++, Java, Python) and theoretical/applied security  (e.g. cryptography, pentesting, forensic analysis) skills. In terms of professional experience,  last year, i worked for the Portuguese CERT for about six months. Besides taking action on incident responses and auditing matters (CERT functions), i was also integrated on a Project to fight Botnets at an European level (ACDC – Advanced Cyber Defence Centre) where the Portuguese CERT was the Portuguese representative.

Currently, i work for FireEye as an Information Security Analyst at Dublin’s SOC where forensics and reverse engineering are part of my day to day tasks.

Interests:

EVERYTHING!! Networks, cryptography, pentesting, forensics and reverse engineering.

But, do you even relax bro?

Yes, i actually do. I like to read and write. I do calisthenics (a flag a day keeps the stress away), did Tae-Kwon-Do for 5 years (black belt, please step aside) and kick-boxing for a few months.

About the blog

Since this is my first blog, it was difficult to pick a name that encompasses all future posts. I hardly stay on the same subject for too long since i like to study new IT related subjects aside from security (mostly programming).  I envision a place where i share my knowledge, where i post problems i had and solutions i found, as well as tutorials. Most of these will be about security but i may divert sometimes if i find that other people will benefit from my experience and past mistakes. Overall, i expect this blog to grow and to help me grow as an IT researcher and most of all, as a person.

Why security over simplicity?

Because either for good or bad, typically, security and simplicity compromise each other, even though security is (for me) a necessary evil.

You can find me on Linkedin, GitHub and Twitter.

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