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Cyber Security/Hacker Operating Systems 

I was recently informed of a new operating system that helps cover all of the security needs for those working in the Cyber Security industry, by the name of Parrot OS. I’ll confirm now before letting you read on, I have migrated away from Kali to Parrot but during this journey I thought it was a good idea to see what other systems are out there for my security needs. 


This blog article covers my discoveries, some of which may come as a complete surprise and others not so much. 


The first two have already been mentioned, but here they are: 

  1. Kali OS.

This is the most popular Cyber Security operating system around, and there’s no surprise as to why. The security tool count, that is built in exceeds 600, and that is a lot to get your head around. 


Add to this, the following certifications evolve around Kali, so for anyone wanting to get their careers moving in the direction of Cyber Security, this is a perfect choice. 


Certifications: OSWE, OSCP, OSCE, OSWP, OSEE, KLCP. 

  1. Parrot OS is a relatively new solution brought to the industry, but it’s been done well. Just like Kali is has a wealth of tools but unlike Kali it has two major components prebuilt in, which are fantastic for all users, not just specific niches of the security industry. The first is the implementation of many tools to help keep you safe/anonymous online, and the second is all the default tools you require for performing documentation and office work. These brilliant additions are why the Parrot OS is also designed for Journalists and hacktavists, and not just the police or security professionals. 


    Quick summary, if I was asked which one to learn first. I’d still recommend Kali, but this is due to its history. It has been around long enough to have huge amounts of documentation and tutorials, which help people learn. However if you’ve been in the industry for a while now, I’d advise moving over to Parrot because it feels more natural and could be the future industry leader. 


    To find out more and discover the other cyber security operating systems you could explore, continue reading part 2 of this article at “mind of a raptor“. 

Office 365 – Security (Part 1)

Have you setup MS Office 365? Did you start with security in mind?

Have you reviewed your Security and privacy settings? Nothing is configured out of the box. When implementing o365, start treating the platform as if you were securing your On-Prem infrastructure.

Start with the basics:

  • Password Policies
  • Privacy Statements

Can you add additional security to users?

Have you enabled and enrolled users to use MFA? Is it Enfored MFA?

Has access been restricted?

Mobile Device Management, are you applying any controls to apps accessing OneDrive?

Has logging been enabled for the Office 365 Security and Compliance reports and stats

Azure Administrator – Tasks and Guides

Your one stop shop for the Azure Administrator resource pool of tasks.


Set the tenant, subscription, and environment for cmdlets to use in the current session.

Plan virtual networks

Configure Azure Multi-Factor Authentication settings

Create DNS records in a custom domain for a web app

Add your custom domain name using the Azure Active Directory portal

Create a route-based VPN gateway using the Azure portal

Connect virtual networks with virtual network peering using the Azure portal

Troubleshoot password hash synchronization with Azure AD Connect sync

Manage device identities using the Azure portal

How to manage the local administrators group on Azure AD joined devices

Azure Load Balancer For RDP

Create a virtual network (classic) with multiple subnets

Point-to-Site VPN routing

Back-end health and diagnostic logs for Application Gateway

All things Azure and Sysadmin stuff

Stuart Barker – ISO 27001 – What Does it cost?

Stuart Barker ( The Data Security Guy) discusses data security and how it comes at a cost. There is a difference between being secure and demonstrating that you are secure. People often talk about ISO27001 certification as being needed for business to do business securely. It has its place but boy oh boy is certification going to cost. In this article Stuart Barker from Hight Table talks about how much does ISO 27001 actually cost and you might realise why companies don’t advertise it and you can’t google it and get a straight answer.

Introducing Kubernetes Academy Brought to You…

Introducing Kubernetes Academy Brought to You by VMware!

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We’re excited to introduce Kubernetes Academy Brought to You by VMware—a free, product-agnostic Kubernetes and cloud native technology education platform. Kubernetes Academy provides an accessible learning path to advance your skill set, regardless of where you are on your Kubernetes journey.

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What the VMware VCP certification backtrack…

No longer do you need to stress about exams expiring has now gone. Anyone with a previous expired VCP 4 and 5 certifications should check now to see if they have gone live again as VMware now recognizes those formerly expired exams. So You can download the badges for those exams from the MyVMware portal. #VMware #VCP #VCAP #Certification

What the VMware VCP certification backtrack…

The VCP certification backtrack means formerly expired VCP 4 and 5 certifications have become active again. Discover what this change means for your certification and decide whether you intend to recertify.

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What’s New at VMworld 2019

This #VMworld 2019 US came packed with product announcements! See what’s new in Cloud, Networking & Security, Digital Workspace, and Emerging Tech.

What’s New at VMworld 2019

Embrace the momentum of today’s rapidly changing IT environment and accelerate your journey to the cloud with VMware. From the latest in cloud, networking and security, and digital workspaces, to IoT and emerging trends, make your mark with the new technologies and products announced at VMworld 2019.

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New Release: PowerCLI 11.4.0

Great news for all the scripting people out there. New Release: PowerCLI 11.4.0 #PowerCLI #Scripting #WhatsNew

New Release: PowerCLI 11.4.0

August is always a great month when it comes to new releases, and this year is no different. Even before VMworld, there have already been announcements for vSphere 6.7 Update 3, NSX-T 2.4.2, and a new version of HCX. The PowerCLI team has one more exciting release for you in the form of PowerCLI 11.4.0! […] The post New Release: PowerCLI 11.4.0 appeared first on VMware PowerCLI Blog.

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