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Ben S. Knowles (Twitter,GitHub @dfirnotes) is a professional computer security consultant and educator in the Atlanta, Georgia, USA area. Ben presents at local groups and conferences on analysis, forensics, and security education, leads Community classes on defense, response, and analysis with the SANS Institute and has bugs and patches in a few public tools. Recently he has been a information security engineer on the incident response team at the Atlanta office of global firms.

BBST, CISSP, GSEC, GCIH, GCIA, GNFA, GMON, GCFA, ITILF, LPIC-1

Specialties: incident response, intrusion analysis, explanations, process engineering

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Ben S. Knowles, BBST, CISSP, GSEC, GCIH, GCIA, GNFA, ITILF, LPIC-1 is a technologist and researcher in the Atlanta, Georgia, USA area. In high school, he competed at the national level in Constitutional Law. He is a professional computer security consultant and system integrator and is currently certified as a black box software tester, internet security professional, incident handler and network analyst, ITIL user, and Linux system administrator.

Ben presents at local groups and conferences on analysis and security education, leads Community classes with SANS, and has taught basic computer repair, networking, and information security classes. Currently he is a security system engineer on the incident response team at the Atlanta office of a global IT services firm.

Specialties: incident response, intrusion analysis, explanations, facilitating communication

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Ben S. Knowles, BBST, CISSP, GSEC, GCIH, GCIA, LPIC-1 (adric) is a technologist and researcher in the Atlanta, Georgia, USA area. In high school, he competed at the national level in Constitutional Law. He has been a professional computer security consultant, technical trainer, and system integrator and is currently certified as a black box software tester, internet security professional, incident handler and analyst, and Linux system administrator.

Ben has lectured lower division Mass Communications, Political Science, and Computer Technology classes on Digital Media and Intellectual Property Law and has taught basic computer repair, networking, and information security classes. Currently he is a security system engineer on the incident response team at the Atlanta office of a global IT services firm.


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Ben S. Knowles, BBST, CISSP, GSEC, GCIH, GCIA, LPIC-1 (adric) is a technologist and researcher in the Atlanta, Georgia, USA area. In high school, he competed at the national level in Constitutional Law. He has been a professional computer security consultant, technical trainer, and system integrator and is currently certified as a black box software tester, internet security professional, incident handler and analyst, and Linux system administrator.

Ben has lectured lower division Mass Communications, Political Science, and Computer Technology classes on Digital Media and Intellectual Property Law and has taught basic computer repair, networking, and information security classes. Currently he is a security system engineer on the incident response team at the Atlanta office of a global IT services firm.

I found out about the BBST courses (and the AST ) from another volunteer when I was with the Support Gang at OLPC (laptop.org). After struggling through Foundations I was hooked, and my experiences with other courses taught online just made me want more BBST. I helped beta a couple of the courses and even assisted with some Moodle questions early on before going through Foundations (twice), Bug Advocacy & Test Design, and fianlly the Instructor course in 2014.

The attitude and philosophy of "software investigations" I got from BBST Foundations (and on) not only helps me in my security work but also informs how I teach troubleshooting and analysis. There's genuinely useful as well as transformative material in the BBST courses and I'm pleased to help spread it a little further.