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The Exploring Information Security podcast interviews a different professional each week exploring topics, ideas, and disciplines within information security. Prepare to learn, explore, and grow your security mindset.

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The Exploring Information Security podcast interviews a different professional each week exploring topics, ideas, and disciplines within information security. Prepare to learn, explore, and grow your security mindset.

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I am saddened and yet thrilled to finish listening to the other podcasts. I just founds this and it’s great!!!! It says FIN but you never know I can always hope! Ms Laulei De La ROsa on FB

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This is the podcast I have been looking for. Keep up the great work!

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I just found this and it’s great!

By MsLaulei - Apr 02 2019
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I am saddened and yet thrilled to finish listening to the other podcasts. I just founds this and it’s great!!!! It says FIN but you never know I can always hope! Ms Laulei De La ROsa on FB

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This is the podcast I have been looking for. Keep up the great work!

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Exploring Information Security - Timothy De Block

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The Exploring Information Security podcast interviews a different professional each week exploring topics, ideas, and disciplines within information security. Prepare to learn, explore, and grow your security mindset.

Rank #1: How to crack passwords

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In this crackerjack edition of the Exploring Information Security podcast, Sean Peterson of Parameter Security joins me to discuss password cracking.

Sean (@SeanThePeterson), is one of the most passionate infosec people you don't know. He recently did a talk at ShowMeCon on how to crack passwords. It was his first ever talk and pretty damn good. Sean joined me to give me his insights into password cracking.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What type of hardware is needed for password cracking
  • What type of attacks are used for password cracking
  • How to crack passwords
  • What's ahead for password cracking

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Jul 02 2018

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Rank #2: How to prepare for the OSCP - Part 1

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In this studious edition of the Exploring Information Security podcast, Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) Chris Maddalena joins me to discuss how to prepare for the OSCP certification.

Chris (@cmaddalena) returns to talk about how he got his OSCP. He didn't get it on his first attempt. He did learn from his first attempt, though, and passed the exam on his second attempt. He was willing to come on the podcast to describe his experience and provide tips for others looking to acquire the certification. The exam is not easy. It's a 24-hour exam that includes writing a report as well as performing a penetration test. Preparation for the exam is very important.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is the OSCP and OSCE
  • Why someone should pursue the OSCP
  • What is the test like
  • How Chris' first attempt went

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Aug 07 2017

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Rank #3: How to build your own tools - Part 1

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In this bird feeding episode of the Exploring Information Security podcast, Chris Maddalena joins me to discuss how to build your own tools.

Chris (@cmaddalena) gave a talk at DerbyCon this past year on writing Win32 Shellcode. We've talked before on a previous podcast around why building your own tools is important. Chris has also written several tools for his day job and for public consumption. His most recent tool is ODIN, a passive recon tool for penetration testers.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why should someone build their own tool
  • What tool should people build?
  • How to get started building tools
  • What resources are available for building tools

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Dec 11 2017

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Rank #4: How to hack iOS - Part 1

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In this fruity episode of the Exploring Information Security podcast, Wes Widner joins me to discuss how to hack iOS.

Wes (@kai5263499) is a cloud engineer, who loves to dig into Apple product security. Last year (and on a previous episode) he discuss how Macs get malware. He's back again this year to discuss how to hack iOS. He will be speaking at BSides Hunstville February 3, 2018. If you have a chance to go, be sure to check out his talk. Also, check out is OSX security awesome list on GitHub. It's a really useful set of links on This dude is really smart.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is his talk about?
  • What's the difference between application and device hacking
  • What skills are needed to hack iOS
  • How Apple works with law enforcement

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Jan 29 2018

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Rank #5: How to become a penetration tester - Part 2

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In this reddish edition of the Exploring Information Security podcast, Andrew Morris of Endgame joins me to discuss how to become a penetration tester.

Andrew (@Andrew___Morris) is a security researcher at Endgame. Before he got that role he was a penetration tester. I had an opportunity to get to know Andrew at some events in the Columbia, SC. He's very knowledgeable and excited about what he does in the information security space. In this two-part series we discuss some of the nuances of being a pen tester and how to find yourself in that particular role.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What tools a penetration tester uses
  • What skills are needed to be a penetration tester
  • Andrew discusses how he became a penetration tester

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Feb 27 2017

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Rank #6: How to prepare for the OSCP - Part 2

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In this studious edition of the Exploring Information Security podcast, Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) Chris Maddalena joins me to discuss how to prepare for the OSCP certification.

Chris (@cmaddalena) returns to talk about how he got his OSCP. He didn't get it on his first attempt. He did learn from his first attempt, though, and passed the exam on his second attempt. He was willing to come on the podcast to describe his experience and provide tips for others looking to acquire the certification. The exam is not easy. It's a 24-hour exam that includes writing a report as well as performing a penetration test. Preparation for the exam is very important.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Chris' second attempt went
  • How to study for the OSCP
  • What the hardest part of the exam was for Chris
  • How the pointing system works

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Aug 14 2017

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Rank #7: What is it like to work in a security operations center (SOC)?

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In this operational edition of the Exploring Information Security podcast, Jeff Lang from Virginia Tech joins me to discuss his day-to-day in a SOC.

Jeff is a good friend of mine and one that I leaned on heavily when I was working in a SOC. He's been a IT Security Analyst for a while now and loves what he does. We've spent countless hours discuss SOC life. We've talked about nuances and some of the things he sees on a regular basis monitoring a college campus. I decided it would make for an interesting podcast episode.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is a security operations center (SOC)?
  • What are some of the roles in a SOC?
  • What are some of the day-to-day things seen?
  • What are the skills needed to work in a SOC?

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Mar 13 2017

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Rank #8: What is threat intelligence? - Part 1

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In this smart episode of the Exploring Information Security podcast, Rob Gresham formerly of McAfee joins me to explain threat intelligence.

Rob (@rwgresham) previously served as a practice lead in McAfee's security operations. I had the opportunity to meet Rob in person. He is deeply involved in the many things information security related in South Carolina. Including the National Guard and Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition. Threat intelligence is a topic he thoroughly enjoys discussing. Which is why this topic will be a two parter.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is threat intelligence
  • How threat intelligence is useful
  • What are the benefits of threat intelligence
  • What needs to be done before threat intelligence

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Apr 24 2017

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Rank #9: What's happening in OSINT?

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In this open edition of the Exploring Information Security podcast, I sit down with Micah Hoffman, Kerby Plessas, and Josh Huff to discuss Open Source INTelligence (OSINT).

Micah Hoffman (@WebBreacher) is a SANS instructor who will be teaching a brand new SANS course, SANS487: Open-Source Intelligence Gathering and Analysis.

Kirby Plessas (@kirbstr) runs her own training company Plessas Experts Network, Inc. There is an online training portal that you can use to learn more about OSINT.

Josh Huff (@baywolf88) is a Digital Forensics Private Investigator and OSINT addict. He runs the Learn All The Things website.

This is a new format for the podcast that I am trying out. It's a lot like the conference episodes I do: It's longer; I allow swearing; and there is no format or direction. I asked for OSINT questions on Twitter and got some pretty good ones back for people to answer. I can turn this into a live show that would allow for people watching to interact with the guests on the show. I need feedback on whether or not this of interest to people. Hit me up on Twitter (@TimothyDeBlock) or email (timothy[.]deblock[@]gmail[.]com)

In this episode we discuss:

  • Why it's important to automate OSINT
  • What tools are available for OSINT
  • Where does OSINT end and breaking the law begin?
  • Where can OSINT be used in an organization
  • How to get into OSINT
  • and much much more

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Feb 26 2018

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Rank #10: How to overcome imposter syndrome

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In this fake episode of the Exploring Information Security podcast, Micah Hoffman joins me to discuss imposter syndrome.

Micah (@WebBreacher), this past year, spoke on imposter syndrome and how to overcome it. It's something we all deal with (even several years into our careers). It's useful, but also dangerous for those of us in the information security community. We need to try and compare ourselves to others less and speak more positively internally.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is imposter syndrome?
  • Why people get imposter syndrome.
  • How to overcome imposer syndrome.
  • Stick around until the end to hear some real imposter syndrome.

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Jan 01 2018

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Rank #11: What is advanced OSINT?

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In this whiskey fueled edition of the Exploring Information Security podcast, Ryan MacDougall and Colin Hadnagy of Social Engineer join me to discuss advanced OSINT.

This past DerbyCon, I had the opportunity to take the Advanced OSINT with Ryan (@joemontmania) and Colin (@UnmaskedSE). The course was great! It was different from some of the other OSINT courses I’ve taken. They covered very specific techniques and tools. After presenting on those techniques and tools we were given the opportunity to dive in from a free-form standpoint.

If you’d like to take the training, signup for their April 23-24, 2019, training in Denver Colorado.

Also, you can catch Ryan at the First Pacific Hackers Conference, November 9-11, 2018.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is advanced OSINT

  • What is the mindset needed for OSINT

  • What are some of the tools used for OSINT

  • How to phish an organizationa

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Nov 08 2018

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Rank #12: How to create a phishing email - Part 1

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In this expedition edition of the Exploring Information Security podcast, Chris Maddalena a senior security consultant joins me to discuss how to create a phishing email.

Chris (@cmaddalena) joins me to discuss crafting a phishing email. This is something I've recently explored at work. Having little to no experience actually crafting a phish, I decided I'd go to someone who does this on a regular basis. Check out Chris' ODIN tool for automating intelligence gathering, asset discovery, and reporting.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What you need to consider before creating a phish.
  • Where to get phishing ideas.
  • Where to get phishing templates.
  • What happened when accounting sent out an email.

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Aug 06 2018

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Rank #13: How to prepare for an infosec interview

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It's another solo episode! Next weekend I will be at BSides Nashville. Among the many other things I am slated to do, I am helping out with resume/interview workshop. As preparation for the workshop I put together a list of interview questions I intend to use.

I put out a tweet asking for interview questions from the Twitter community. I got back some really good questions. As I was putting the list together I decided this would make a great podcast. Preparing for an interview is very important. I increased my offer rate significantly once I started preparing for interviews. Prior to that I always tried to wing them. I spent 15 months looking for a job at one point. I would get interviews, but failed to get offers.

Interviews are a nerve-racking process. Preparation provides more confidence and the ability to anticipate curve balls in an interview. Being prepared allows you to have more brain power when there is a question you didn't anticipate. When you're prepared, it shows. People tend to like candidates who are prepared. They can tell by how direct and decisive answers are to questions. There is one caveat to this. If your interview with someone as part of a network, there is more leniency in the interview.

Preparation

There are multiple ways to prepare for an interview. Figure out what works best for you. What I have below and in the podcast are what I've used to be successful in interviews.

Look at the job posting

Review the companies job posting and your resume before going into an interview. If you're doing resumes write you should have a different one for each job you apply to. Remembering which resume you submitted is important. Tie your experience to the job posting. This will help with answering the question in a way that shows you're a fit for the role.

Look for key words in the job posting that you might be asked about in the interview. If you're going for a role in a security operations center (SOC), be prepared to answer networking questions. If you're doing application security be prepared to answer development questions. If you're going for a penetration tester role be prepared to talk about attack techniques and your methodology. You get the idea.

Write out questions and answers on 3x5 index cards

I use the list of 31 common interview questions from the muse. I pick the ones that apply and write them down on 3x5 index cards. I then flip them over and write down my answers in one word or short sentence. This allows me to practice my answers to questions such as, "What's your greatest strength/weakness" or more technical questions like, "How does DNS work?"

Practice, practice, practice

Go over the questions you've collected. Read out loud the question and say out loud your answer. Flip over to see that you've hit on your main point. Do this over and over again. Do this again in the waiting room or in the car (if you've arrived early, which I recommend) on the day of the interview. That's the benefit of writing questions and answers on 3x5 index cards, they fit nicely in a coat pocket.

You will practice questions that don't get asked. There is no way for you to anticipate all the questions you'll be asked. Getting the common ones and the ones you think will be asked will make the interview go much smoother. The less brain power you have to spend on a question the more you have for the questions you didn't anticipate.

Physical preparation

  Go get a haircut and make sure you still fit into your interview clothes. If you've out grown a pair of slacks you'll need to go buy a new pair. Prior to the interview you can ask what is the dress expectation. A suit is standard and something I often go with. I also have a pair of khakis and a sports coat in case they want me to dress down. Have at least two sets of interview clothes for multiple interviews. Dressing in the same thing twice is not a good look.

I feel uncomfortable going to an interview in just a t-shirt or polo shirt, even if that's what was recommended. I know some interviewers in our industry care less about dress. I believe in over-dressing rather than under-dressing, though.

Extra preparation

I applied for a job once that described the role as I would my dream job. I did all my usual preparation above. I had two really good interviews and was slated for a third. The first two were phone interviews. The third was going to be in person. It was expected that I would interview with the CISO and a one or two other managers (it ended up being six).

I decided that I would put together a short slide presentation. I practiced going through the presentation as part of my answer. I also went to the print shop and had them print out three bound copies of the presentation. It cost me about $35. I took this to the interview. Two questions in when we started discussing my vision for the role, I handed out the bound copies of the presentation. I then walked through my vision for the role. I got an offer for that job and I'm happy to say I'm still in that role.

Wrap-up and resources

Preparation is so important for a job interview. I failed at it for a long time. Some people can wing an interview and get an offer. I am not one of those people. Once I took the time and made the investment into preparation, I increased my offer rate. I turned down other positions, because I had the confidence that a better offer was coming. 

Review the job posting. Tie it to your experience. Write down common questions and ones you think might be asked. Practice. Say your answers out loud. Do that over and over again until you can answer question confidently and concisely. Then practice some more. Make sure what you wear to the interview is ready before the day of the interview. Scrambling around for something presentable creates more anxiety and nervousness. Finally, consider putting a presentation together. $35 was a great investment.

Before I go here are some great resources around preparation:

Hope to see you at BSides Nashville!

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Apr 09 2018

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Rank #14: What we can learn from unusual journeys into infosec - Part 1

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Stu (@cybersecstu) is a Co-Founder of The Many Hats Club, which is a massive Discord community and podcast. Earlier this year, Stu started sharing Unusual Journeys. I love this series because it highlights that there is no true path into infosec. He’s had 18 series so far and each story is fascinating.

In this episode we discuss:

What started Unusual Journeys

How Stu got into infosec

What we can learn from these stories

Oct 15 2018

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Rank #15: What are BEC attacks?

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In this phishy edition of the Exploring Information Security podcast, Steve Ragan of CSO joins me to discuss business email compromise (BEC) attacks.

Steve (@SteveD3) has been covering BEC types of attacks for the past year at CSO. These types of attacks are increasing. It may get worse with GDPR requirements next month. This ended up being one of the more difficult podcasts to get scheduled. Steve and I had to cancel on each other a few times because of phishing related stuff.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What are BEC types of attacks?
  • Who is performing BEC attacks?
  • How are people falling for them?
  • What can people do protect against this type of attack?

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Apr 16 2018

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Rank #16: How Macs get Malware

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In this installed episode of the Exploring Information Security podcast, Wes Widner joins me to discuss how Macs get malware.

Wes (@kai5263499) spoke about this topic at BSides Hunstville this year. I was fascinated by it and decided to invite Wes on. Mac malware is a bit of an interest for Wes. He's done a lot of research on it. His talk walks through the history of malware on Macs. For Apple fan boys, Macs are still one of the more safer options in the personal computer market. That is changing though. Macs because of their increased market share are getting targeted more and more. We discuss some pretty nifty tools that will help with fending off that nasty malware. Little Snitch is one of those tools. Some malware actively avoids the application. Tune in for some more useful information.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Macs get malware
  • What got Wes into Mac malware
  • The history of Mac malware
  • What people can do to protect against Mac Malware

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Apr 17 2017

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Rank #17: Why container security is important - Part 1

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In this shipped edition of the Exploring Information Security podcast, Wes Widner joins me to discuss container security.

Wes (@kai5263499) is not a security person. He is a developer. A developer that understands security and why it's important. He deals a lot with automation and working with container technology.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What are containers?
  • What are the different kind of containers?
  • What is Wes' experience with containers?
  • What are the big security concerns?

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Sep 10 2018

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Rank #18: What is malware analysis - part 1

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In this analyzed episode of the Exploring Information Security podcast, Daniel Ebbutt joins me to discuss malware analysis.

Daniel (@notdanielebbutt) is a malware analyst at a fortune 500 company. I recently caught up with Daniel at Converge and BSides Detroit. We had a great conversation about malware analysis. Talking about the topic with him you can tell he is very passionate and excited about the subject. Which is why I decided to have him on the podcast for a little chat.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is malware analysis
  • How to get malware
  • How to handle malware
  • What the different classes of malware are

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Jun 19 2017

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Rank #19: How to join the infosec community - part 1

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In this inclusive episode of the Exploring Information Security podcast, Micah Hoffman, a certified SANS instructor, joins me to discuss how to join the infosec community.

Micah (@WebBreacher) gave a talk at BSides DC last year on joining the infosec community. For Micah it took him a while to get involved. He jumped right into the deep end by going to DEFCON. Several years later he decided to get more involved in the community and quickly discovered several of the benefits from doing that. I had a similar experience, attending DEFCON in the early 2000s. I wouldn't attend another security conference until 10 years later.

There are a lot of benefits to getting involved in the infosec community. You get to contribute and make the community a little better. You get to meet some awesome people. You will have more job opportunities open up. Community engagement shows initiative and allows you to meet people looking to fill roles.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How Micah got into the community
  • What is the infosec community?
  • Why it's important to get involved
  • Where can someone get involved?

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Jul 10 2017

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Rank #20: What is SANS SEC487? Part 1

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In this wide open edition of the Exploring Information Security podcast, Micah Hoffman joins me to discuss SANS SEC487 Open-Source Intelligence Gathering and Analysis.

Micah (@WebBreacher) has spent the last year plus putting together the SANS SEC487 course. The course focuses on Open-Source Intelligence Gather and Analysis (OSINT). I had the pleasure of attending the very first iteration of the course. I had an absolute blast and would recommend the course to anyways (even those outside of infosec). I wrote about the course on my blog.

In this episode we discuss:

  • What is SANS SEC487?
  • Who should attend the course?
  • What was the origin of the course?
  • How the beta went.

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Apr 23 2018

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