Starting out in IT

I recently received an email from a family friend asking what courses or certifications he should look into for getting started in IT. Without knowing what particularly interests him about IT, I wrote the following email and decided it might be useful for others just starting out. TL;DR: Learn Linux, a scripting language of some… Continue reading Starting out in IT

Bhyve pfSense 2.4 no console menu

I ran into an annoying issue today while trying to install pfsense 2.4.2 in a bhyve VM using the ISO installer. Everything went swimmingly until post-install when pfsense finished startup and never provided the expected pfSense console. All it would show is bootup complete. I went through and confirmed /etc/ttys was configured properly and added… Continue reading Bhyve pfSense 2.4 no console menu

A security event pipeline using Bro, Kafka, and FreeBSD Jails

With the help of the Bro Kafka plug-in, we’ll configure Bro to stream JSON-formatted logs through Kafka and use python to subscribe and print events from the stream. This tutorial uses FreeBSD 11.1-RELEASE. But can easily be adapted to Linux installations. How do you monitor events from multiple Bro sensors throughout a network? Do you… Continue reading A security event pipeline using Bro, Kafka, and FreeBSD Jails