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Stories through Logging: "It was the best of logs, it was the worst of logs" - Tom Kopchak Converge 2017 (Hacking Illustrated Series InfoSec Tutorial Videos)

Stories through Logging: "It was the best of logs, it was the worst of logs"
Tom Kopchak

Logs are everywhere in your environment. They tell you the story of your network: what is happening during every moment of every day, what is working, and what has failed. All too often, we have a tendency to treat logs the same way high school students look at books " boring, archaic sources of information that are only consulted when no other option is available. However, this is not the case" logs are filled with interesting stories and sequences of events" stories that can make our work easier (or at least more interesting). This presentation will focus on making logging interesting, using a variety of stories and personal experience to highlight cases where logs were a key tool in answering questions and solving problems.

Tom Kopchak is the Director of Technical Operations at Hurricane Labs, where he pretends to manage a team of Splunk and network engineers, but is still an engineer and technology geek at heart. Tom has given numerous talks about breaking full disk encryption and many other topics at other infosec conferences around the country, including DEFCON and Splunk .conf. He holds a Master’s degree in Computing Security from the Rochester Institute of Technology. When he is not working with computers, Tom enjoys composing, music improvisation (Acts of Music), and playing both the piano and organ.

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