Nicholas L. Bell
- Lossiemouth Morayshire
I am a passionate hard working individual who enjoys getting a job done right that I can be proud to say "I did this". I can work very well as part of a team along with being comfortable when tasked to work independently. I try to use my initiative throughout my day whether it be asking for a peer review of my work to double check for any kind of mistake or simply going out and finding additional work if I am ahead of schedule. Whilst also having a serious/professional approach to my work I am also very easy going and very approachable to simply talk to. I am very curious about all aspects of my role, I will normally want to break things down to its smallest components to see how something ticks so I can rebuild it. I am very efficient with my time keeping I usually set my end goal ahead of schedule so I had the breathing room for worst case scenarios so I never miss a dead-line.
During my time within the QA apprenticeship, we have been exposed to multiple practical workshops such as malware analysis suites or honeypot building. whilst at the same time a level of theory work to take in all the course material.
I am also in the progress of studying for the Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) Exam
The work was morning based. The usual day was revolved around putting large quantities of cake into industrial sized oven for cooking for about 2-3 hours depending on the batch, after this we would remove the cakes from the oven to be stripped of the tin case and any imperfections to be moved onto the packing sections.
During the periods the cakes were cooking I would be tasked with the decorating of special orders such as wedding cakes where I was able to take my time to make the design of the cake as good as it could possibly make them whilst also not falling behind on the orders.
I originally started on an internship program to gain my qualifications within diving whilst at the same time working alongside the diving team and the captain aboard the boat to gain experience in all aspects of my field.
On a regular day I would start with opening up the center for clients from the neighboring hotel, moved directly onto setting up all the required gear for the days events in both diving and water sports such as fueling the boats, readying dive gear or even putting the jet skits into the water.
The morning usually revolved around diving and boat work from gearing people up on the beach to going diving with the group.
The afternoon would either encompass selling not only to the English people but the Turkish, German and even the Russian people also. Over time I became more confident approaching the clients to sell whether it be diving or water sport activities.
My role entailed long hard hours out in the country side thinking for myself on how to tackle each stage of a job. The jobs that I was exposed to on a regular basis were things such a building fences that covered acres of land, cutting down trees or planting trees.
I was able to work as a member of a team to battle any obstacles that challenged us whilst also being comfortable when I was required to work independently.
I would just into my work with great enthusiasm whilst also keeping my composure to get the job done to the best of my ability and taking my time to get the job done right.
each week I was exposed to different areas of information security;
Being some of the major areas which I covered over the course, we not only got a full course on each section lead by a well versed instructor for each section but also being exposed to practical work such as being asked to build honeypots or using metasploit to exploit pre-configured virtual machines within the classroom environment to give a full understanding of how these powerful tools actually work.
PADI Open Water
During my course to become a PADI Divemaster I had to do additional exercises along with lower courses to work my way up. My first course was the PADI Open Water course where I had to take full control over myself under the water whilst also diving down to a maximum of 18 meters, through this course I learned about pressure along with safety stops in diving.
PADI Advanced Open Water
My second level within PADI was PADI Advanced Open Water, through this course I had to undertake 5 "Adventure Dives" to help improve my diving skills with the 5 dives being;
Peak performance buoyancy
PADI Rescue Diver
This course revolved around helping other divers or how to respond in emergency scenarios such as lost unconscious underwater diver, first aid on the surface, In the event of shoot up, panic diver.
PADI Emergency First Response
This was land based where I was shown how to perform first aid, through chest compression's, 100% oxygen use and the ability to operate a defibrillator.
The final course entailed becoming a professional working level recreational diver where I was trained on teaching children, helping beginners during dive along with assisting instructor lead courses and even becoming the dive leader for experienced divers.
Every course had an aspect of classroom based learning with final exams at the end whilst also doing practical swimming along with other water based tests.
Level 1 - IT Security for users
Level 1 - IT users fundamentals
Level 1 - E-mail
Level 1 - Internet
Level 2 - Database software
Level 2 - Presentation software
Level 2 - Spreadsheet software
Level 2 - Word processing software
Level A - Intermediate 2
Level C - Intermediate 2
Level C - Intermediate 2
Level C - Intermediate 1
Level C - Intermediate 1
Level 3 - General level
Level 4 - General level
Level 4 - General level
Level 5 - General level
I can read, write and speak to a basic level of German through both school and German speaking friends
I can have basic conversations and can understand small amounts of the Russian language through my time spent in Turkey where I had to adopt the Russian language to speak to clients.
I can read, write and have conversations in the Turkish language. I picked up the language through Turkish speaking friends along with my time spent working and living with the Turkish people
English is my native language which I can read, write and have full conversations without any kind of trouble
within my new field of information security I have been given the opportunity to work with and even build some incredibly powerful tools such as
Cuckoo is a malware analysis kit that uses multiple dependencies that all need to be configured to work in tandem so that cuckoo can work. basically cuckoo takes any string of malware given to it, opens it up within a virtual environment to be run so that it can be fully analysed whilst the user can see what the malware can really do to a system, once it has finished running it will create a report with screenshot within the sandbox environment of what truly happened.
At the same time of building the sandbox environment with all of its dependencies I also had to write a report on what Cuckoo sandbox is and a how to build cuckoo document with screenshots of every step.
Palo Alto Firewall
I was assigned to take a new out of the box Palo Alto firewall the PA-200 and work with another individual to configure the device to act at both a layer 2 and 3 level firewall with also adding in policies for blocking or allowing specific webpages or data to be passed through the device whilst at the same time writing a report on our findings
SCUBA Diving Hardware
Rock Climbing Reverse-Engineering