About Cyber Lab

Romeo Lorenzo @ CyberLab
Romeo Lorenzo @ CyberLab

Hello fellow Security Researchers!

Welcome to Cyber Lab!  My name is Romeo Lorenzo and this is where I perform my cyber experiments and post my results.  Thank you for stopping by to find out what Cyber Lab is all about.

Who Am I?

Some may say that I am a jack-of-all-trades, master of none.  Others may see that as a disadvantage.  I am a generalist according to Tim Ferris.  I think he said it best, “Jack-of-all-trades, master of many.”  Is it possible to be a master of many?  I think so.  In Tim’s article, he mentions “Don’t mistake mastery for perfection.”  I am not trying to be perfect, that’s impossible.  I do, however, try to learn as much as I can as quickly as I can.

I am a techie who has been working in the Information Technology (IT) for the past 16+ years in various IT positions.  My first taste of the “arts” was in the mid 90’s.  That was when I first learned how to make the Red Box and we are not talking about the Blu-ray Kiosk. It is a simple electronic “phone-dialer” to make free phone calls from pay phones.

Jump Around Learning New Things

My interests are all over the place as I jump around learning new things.  I have a diploma in Networking Engineering and Management, earned several MCP – Microsoft Certified Professional (I’m going to date myself here) certificates in Windows NT Workstation, Window NT Server, TCP/IP, Networking Essentials, Information Information Services, and got a Bachelor’s Degree in Multimedia at National University.

I attended a week-long workshop at Digital Media Academy at University of California San Diego – La Jolla, CA to learn about document film making and took an online workshop on Introduction to 3D with Maya at Gnomon School of Visual Effects.   The odd one out to add to my resume is that I have been in a Toastmasters Club in Chula Vista, CA where I learned to get over my fear of public speaking and working towards advanced public speaking.

Origins

Making the Red Box was simple.  The phone dialer was purchased from Radio Shack. I opened the little hand held electronic device to replace the original crystal with a new crystal.  The replacement crystal was also purchased from Radio Shack. The new crystal was needed to change the frequency of the tone of the dialer and viola!  I was able to make free phone calls to all of my IRC (Internet Relay Chat) friends across the nation from a payphone.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t know exactly what I was doing at the time.  I just heard about the dialer and was intrigued.  The curiosity took over and began digging around the Internet (We did have the Internet back then but crude by today’s standards) looking for information about it and then I built one.  Today, I am still the same.   If I find something that catches my attention, I will try it, just to see what happens.

Scratching That Itch

Earlier this year, I decided to exercise that employee benefit.  I went back to school after 10 years of being out of the scholastic arena to pursue a Master’s Degree in Cyber Security.  It wasn’t something that I needed to do. I wanted to.  Once the chaos began, I remember thinking to myself back then “What the F@*&# did I get myself into?”  It was the hardest thing to get back into school mode.  Before I knew it, I was 6 months into the program. The classes are in a one class a month format and I am doing it all online.

As you can image, it’s intense.  The amount of work in a short amount of time and still work a full-time job with a family and other responsibilities.  Looking at where I am now, I only have 7 months to go. .
I decided to create this blog and share my experiences.

Our focus of study:

Master’s Degree in Cyber Security
*CYB600  Cyber Security Technology
*CYB601  Cyber Security Toolkit Utilization
*CYB602  Threat Modeling & Intel
*CYB603  Cyber Security Ethical Issues
*CYB604  Wireless and Mobile Security
*CYB606 Net Defense & Cloud Security
*CYB699A Cyber Security Project I
*CYB699B Cyber Security Project II
*CYB699C Cyber Security Project III

Specialization in Ethical Hacking & Penetration Testing
*CYB608 Ethical Hacking
*CYB632  Information Systems Vulnerability & Attacks
*CYB633  Red Teaming
*CYB634 Red vs. Blue Team Exercise
* Completed
** In progress

Why Start A Blog?

I am all about sharing.  I love to share what I have learned with the exceptions, of course.  I started to share photos on Instagram but the platform doesn’t allow me to really get into it.  It’s only a one-minute video.  My hope is that if you are traversing through these pages, that you will find something of interest to you and maybe you’ll learn something from me.  If that is so, then I have succeeded.

With all of that has been said, please leave a comment below about what you think about all of this.  This blog got started 6 months after I started school and will be working hard to catch up this blog to where I am in the program.  I will be posting about different topics about what I am learning from school as well as my personal experiments.  Click on the “Start Here” up in the navigation where I will begin to break things down or Click Here.  Thank you so much making it all the way to the bottom of this page.  I appreciate you taking the time to finding what this blog is about.  Keep Experimenting To Satisfy The Curiousity!

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