Hacker Notebook


Hello, my name is Brian. I transitioned into full-time penetration testing somewhere around the end of 2020. Hacker Notebook is an extension of my interest in tinkering with technology. Security blogs have been a cornerstone of my learning journey and I hope this blog provides value back in a similar manner. You can read more about my hacking setup here or contact me here.


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I'm currently working toward SANS Institute's postgraduate certificate in penetration testing and ethical hacking. Below are a few of my information security certifications listed chronologically:

  • GIAC Python Coder (GPYC)
  • GIAC Penetration Tester (GPEN)
  • GIAC Assessing and Auditing Wireless Networks (GAWN)
  • GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH)
  • OffSec Wireless Professional (OSWP)
  • INE (FKA eLearnSecurity) Certified Professional Penetration Tester (eCCPTv2)
  • OffSec Certified Professional (OSCP)