“Hey, you should start a blog…”

So… I’ve been experiencing kinda a infosec revival lately. I’ve always been interested in online security and online privacy, yes, but it wasn’t until I started working at my current company in the field of cybersecurity that I’ve been learning more and going down the rabbit hole in the infosec and online privacy world to the point of no return!

I love taking notes. About anything and everything. From the coding courses and online certifications I’m currently working through, to silly ideas and shopping lists. I love writing things down even just as reminders to my future self, so starting a blog felt just the natural evolution.

Until now, my best note taking companion was Joplin. And don’t get me wrong, Joplin is absolutely amazing, I couldn’t recommend it enough. Joplin is an open source notebook app with strong encryption features and available for all my devices (Windows, Linux, Android, you name it!). And for additional privacy, I host my Joplin notes on my own private cloud, so it syncs across all my devices. What’s not to like?

But since I’m starting to delve more into certain fields of IT and infosec, and working on earning multiple security related certifications, I thought creating a blog to share part of this process and my personal learning in a more public way might be an interesting experiment! It’ll also be cool to look back in time and read some of these old posts (Ohhh young Juanjo, so hopeful and full of life!). And since I already had a portfolio/personal page and a domain, extending the site to a blog wasn’t much more work anyway.

I’m currently working on finishing my CyberOps postgrad certification, which I should be able to finish by June. By then, I’ll start preparing for the CompTIA Security+ certification and the Microsoft SC-200 (Microsoft Security Operations Analyst) certification. I ever started a section for all certifications on this page. In the meantime, I’ve also started checking Hackthebox and TryHackMe and whilst for now I’ve only been reading their documentation, I plan on getting started with some of the easy machines and labs soon as well. It’s gonna be a busy year!

Whilst I’ve had the idea of creating a blog or some sort of additional content for my personal page, I think it wasn’t until I read this thread (by Jack Rhysider, the awesome host of the Darknet Diaries podcast) and all the other comments in that thread that I didn’t consider this to be a good option. So if you ever read this, thank you Jack!

So anyway, here’s to a̶n̶o̶t̶h̶e̶r̶ ̶a̶b̶a̶n̶d̶o̶n̶e̶d̶ a new and exciting project!

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