Hello, I’m Dan Kuhlman.  I’m an IT systems & cyber security professional in Minneapolis, MN.  If you’re here you probably already know me, are a recruiter, met me at a security event, or you’re planning on interviewing me.  This website is about me,  what I’ve done with my career, and how I pivoted into IT security.  I just recently started working on the site so of course there are several things I still need to button up.  You’ve probably already figured out that I’m not a website developer, so I apologize in advance for any design faux pas. I’m currently a full-time graduate student at the University of Minnesota working on a Masters Degree in Security Technologies with a minor in Cybersecurity. I expect to graduate in the summer of 2019.  I passed the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) exam earlier this year and just recently passed the CISSP exam.  The CISSP was definitely the more challenging of the two – more about that later.

DECEMBER 2018 UPDATE: Just passed the eJPT hands-on penetration testing exam on December 4th.  I’m still waiting on my official CISSP certification.  Word on the street is a 6-8 weeks turn-around for those lately, so I should have that in hand before years end.

JANUARY 2019 UPDATE: I enjoyed the eLearnSecurity Junior Penetration Tester (eJPT) course so much that I decided to sign up for the full Certified Professional Penetration Tester course (eCPPTv2).  There’s quite a bit more material to cover in this one so I expect it to keep me busy for a while.  In my spare time I’ve been working on owning some boxes at HackTheBox.  I’m just getting started with that but so far it’s exceptionally interesting, challenging, and frustrating.  I’ve been getting the most value out of doing retired boxes with walk-through videos.  I’ll update this again once I get to official “hacker” rank.  Also, as of January 8th I’m officially CISSP certified!

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