Cyber Triage Training Online

Reposting this since I see this Forensic Incidence Response training is still available online. This three hour Digital Forensics Cyber Triage training by Dr. Brian Carrier. The training does focus on the digital Investigation process and can be used by any level of Digital Forensic expertise. The Cyber Triage tool organizes artifacts and places them into categories, then breaks the data into smaller data sets. Dr. Brian Carrier focuses on questions you should be asking yourself before you begin an investigation, plus questions you should ask during and after an investigation.

My takeaways from this training is that having a process for your investigations is a good starting and end point. Plus, creating a baseline of your network, monitoring systems and user access, applying updates as mandated, and using tools that expedite the process are necessary to protect your computer network. If your network has been attacked and you have processes in place; it can save you time and resources, specifically labor costs and reputation to restore your network. I thought this class was applicable to the digital forensic investigation process.

This online class is free, here is the link:


“People come, people go – they’ll drift in and out of your life, almost like characters in a favorite book. When you finally close the cover, the characters have told their story and you start up again with another book, complete with new characters and adventures. Then you find yourself focusing on the new ones, not the ones from the past.”
― Nicholas Sparks, The Rescue

Add Kindness to Leadership

My personal experience has shown me kindness has as impact on peoples behavior over time. Ones leadership style extends beyond your relationship with your employees or volunteers. Delegating tasks is a way to increase confidence and expand employees skills. Celebrate and recognize the success of others. Offer to help others when you observe them struggling. They will appreciate the support. Many were struggling prior Covid-19. The pandemic has increased the stress and responsibilities for all us.

This is a time to work together, be kind, listen, express gratitude and joy for the people we share our daily lives and workload. People are individuals with potential to be outstanding employees or friends with great ideas and happiness if given the opportunity.

Gas Works Park

Recharged my batteries and dedicated a day of play for myself. A day off work to spend the afternoon at one of my favorite places. This location is on the water and showcases a view of downtown Seattle and nearby neighborhoods.

Gas Works Park

Gas Works Park is a shadow of the sole remaining coal gasification plant in the United States. The plant operated from 1906 to 1956, purchased by the city of Seattle in 1962 and was converted into a park. The park was designed by landscape architect Richard Haag; who won the American Society of Landscape Architects Presidents Award of Design Excellence. The park opened to the public in 1965.  Gas Works Park incorporates numerous pieces from the former gas plant. Add splashes of paint and graffiti, rust from the elements, plus the addition of a playground for children and adults. One structure was redesigned into a children’s “play barn”, and was constructed from the former exhauster-compressor building.

Views from the Park

Cloud Computing 101

Free Online Courses

Coursera is offering free online classes on a variety of topics this month. I selected “Cloud Computing Basics (Cloud 101”. This online course covers the basic terminology and tools implemented in a cloud computing environment. The class included online lecture and videos, discussion groups and quizzes to test your knowledge base.

I thought the course covered the material thoroughly and was easy to understand. I enjoyed reading the comments from other students. Some Coursera classes offer Certificates from a University or an organization. This class provided a Certificate of Acknowledgement from Coursera.

This is designed as a three week course. It is at your own pace and you receive a grade at completion.

Class Schedule

Week One – Course covered the Cloud and Levels of Managed Service: Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, Software as a Service, and Function as a Service

Week Two – Discussed deployment models of Cloud computing: private and public deployment models, hybrid cloud, HPC cloud, and big data cloud

Week Three – Lectures were on Comparing Cloud Platforms: Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, IBM Cloud, and SalesForce

Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.’, ‘I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear.’, and ‘Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.'”

“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness. ”

“The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win and their participants know it. Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.”

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15th, 1929. He was a pivotal advocate for African Americans during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States.

IRS Delays Filing Date to February 12, 2021

Years ago, I began this blog to relay IRS tax law changes. This past year has seen numerous tax law changes due to Covid-19. The most recent change is to begin processing tax returns on February, 12, 2021, for tax year 2020. This is due to the lack of staff, tax forms are changing, and processing stimulus checks.

Regarding stimulus payments. Here is the link to the Recovery Rebate Credit. The IRS is the best source for Tax Law changes. Plus, it is free. You can file your tax return for free, read this link for details. File Your Federal Taxes Online for Free

UX Mapping Tool Miro

Seattle Give Camp Project

This weekend at the Democracy Lab Hackathon, I learned how to use a new tool created by Miro, a template for a Customer Journey Map. User Experience (UX) mapping is the strategic process of creating a step-by-step roadmap which prioritizes, communicates multiple work flows and solves potential problems that users may have using a product. In our scenario, the product is a mobile app for nonprofit organizations.

Miro is an online whiteboard software that can be used for brainstorming sessions, product development, user-experience research and design. Our team found this online mapping tool easier to implement than a typical whiteboard at the office. The simple template structures are easy to customize for individual projects. The Customer Journey Map triggered ideas, concepts and design issues fluidly between team members. Saturdays online brain storming session accelerated this project forward. We were feeling stuck. The mobile app design process is now developing with improved insight on the challenges we face ahead.

Customer Journey Map Template

Identity Protection Pin

Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN)

The IP PIN is a six-digit number that prevents someone else from filing a tax return using your Social Security number. This service will be available mid-January 2021.

Anyone who has a Social Security number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) and can verify their identity is eligible to enroll in the IP PIN program.     

The Consumer Sentinel Network, that is maintained by the Federal Trade Commission, tracks consumer fraud and identity theft complaints that are filed with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies and private organizations. In 2019, 3.2 million identity theft and fraud reports were reported, 1.7 million were fraud related, approximately 651,000 were identity theft issues. In 2019, fraud cost consumers more than $1.9 billion. I listed a few links below from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Social Security on how to protect yourself if you are a victim of fraud or identity theft. Best to be prepared, know your rights and to act quickly to limit the damage.

Facts from the Internal Revenue Service on the IP PIN:

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