SANS Research Paper Published

I finished my first research project as part of the SANS Technology Institute MS Information Security Engineering program. I learned a ton through this process, and already have a few rough ideas floating around for the second research practicum.

Public speaking is still a weak skill for me, specifically my tone and inflection when presenting. The webinar recording shows improvement from where I started, but this is certainly an area of focus for me.


Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) do not always have the budget for an advanced intrusion detection system (IDS) technology. Open-source software can fill this gap, but these free solutions may not provide full coverage for known attacks, especially once the attacker is inside the perimeter. This paper investigates the IDS capabilities of a stand-alone Security Onion device when combined with built-in event logging in a small Windows environment to detect malicious actors on the internal network.

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