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Paul's Security Weekly - Episode 471 - 6:00PM


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Interview: Mark Baggett

Mark has more than 28 years of commercial and government experience ranging from Software Developer to CISO. He is a Senior Instructor for The SANS Institute and the author of SEC573. He is the founding president of The Greater Augusta ISSA chapter. Course Author and Instructor for SEC573 Python for Penetration Tester. Instructor for SEC504 Incident Handling and Hacker Techniques, SEC560 Penetration Testing, 561 Advanced Hands On Penetration Testing.

CISO, IT Team Lead, Software Developer Senior SANS Instructor Course Author SEC573 Internet Storm Center Handler Penetration Tester/Incident Handler GSE #15 DoD Cleared w/ Gov &Commercial Experience Violent Python - Technical Editor Founding President of Greater Augusta ISSA BSidesAugusta Organizing Committee

  1. Three words to describe yourself.
  2. If you were a serial killer, what would be your weapon of choice?
  3. If you wrote a book about yourself, what would the title be?
  4. In the popular game of ass grabby-grabby, do you prefer to go first or second?
  5. Choose two celebrities to be your parents.

Tech Segment: Building A PfSense Firewall - Part 1 - The Hardware

About & Why

For your home or small office, everyone needs a firewall! Well, I supposed you don't NEED one, but it helps. More important than just protecting you from curious people on the Internet, there are a ton of added advantages of having a good firewall platform, such as VPN, outbound filtering and more. Now, you can buy commercial off-the-shelf hardware to do this, however there are some issues:

  1. If you are listening to this show, you are a nerd who likes to tinker, and this is a great way to do that. Off-the-shelf stuff doesn't always give you stuff to tinker with.
  2. This is a great learning experience, if you are just getting started building and maintaining your own Linux/BSD firewall will teach you a lot, and its like table stakes (I built my own firewall, check).
  3. You can get a ton more speed and performance from a custom firewall for less money. This also means you can do things like scanning through your firewall without it catching fire.


I used the http://pcpartpicker.com web site to start identifying hardware in use for the build, a few things to note:

  • Low power consumption is key as it will be on all the time
  • Solid networking cards should be used, not using what is built into the Motherboard
  • Cooling, cooling and more cooling - This thing will be on all the time, make sure you have good airflow

Taking all these things into consideration, here is my build:

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