Hi, I’m Brandon Hinkel.
I spend my weekdays doing application development in PHP and Python. Well, that’s what I’m technically supposed to be doing.
I’m commonly recruited to respond to different computer security incidents, such as ransomware and phishing attacks. While my coworkers are busy responding to the incidents from a recovery standpoint, I’m digging deep to find patient zero. How did they get in? What computer was the source of infection? After all, if we stop at recovery, there is nothing stopping the attack from happening again.
On the weekends with exceptionally good weather, you can find me hiking with my friends. I love nature. They say life is all about balance and I can’t think of a better balance for sitting in front of a computer than being in nature. My favorite places to hike are Red River Gorge, KY and Gatlinburg, TN. I also enjoy whitewater rafting, zip lining, camping, or just relaxing in a hammock. I have plans to expand my weekend adventures to kayaking and backpacking this summer.