Ahmed Musaad

I am a senior security engineer, a programmer, and a hobbyist system administrator. I enjoy learning new things, solving challenging problems and writing about things I find interesting.
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Ahmed Musaad
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Cortex vs. IntelOwl
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Cortex vs. IntelOwl

Ahmed Musaad
Ahmed Musaad
Both Cortex and IntelOwl are awesome tools for observable analysis, I wanted to learn a bit about both of them and what better way to do that than trying both tools and writing a comparison of them?
5 min read
Making My Home Slightly Smarter
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Making My Home Slightly Smarter

Ahmed Musaad
Ahmed Musaad
I have been working from home for the better part of last year, and it was starting to get on my nerves. I needed some new shinty object to distract me from the current depressing reality, and what's more shiny than a light that can change it colours following the music playing on your phone?
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Why Sweden?
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Why Sweden?

Ahmed Musaad
Ahmed Musaad
I have to admit that I gave different answers to this question depending on the person asking. In this post, I will try to summarize my answer to this question and hopefully shed some light on what made me want to live through these crazy winters.
5 min read
New Blog Theme
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New Blog Theme

Ahmed Musaad
Ahmed Musaad
I have been contemplating the idea of updating the theme of this blog for some time now but never got the chance to get around to it, well today I did, and you are reading this post in the new improved design.
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The Secret We Share
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The Secret We Share

Ahmed Musaad
Ahmed Musaad
Andrew Solomon opened his famous Ted talk by reciting a poem written by Emily Dickinson and for some reason it stuck with me since the first time I heard it. If you have some time, watch the full talk, you won't regret it.
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Securing My Home Network
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Securing My Home Network

Ahmed Musaad
Ahmed Musaad
My home network always had a simple security setup, a router, a firewall, and a bunch of computers. After months of ignoring it, I finally got around to reviewing the setup and making some improvements.
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Web Security For Developers
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Web Security For Developers

Ahmed Musaad
Ahmed Musaad
If you are an aspiring web developer, security engineer, or web application penetration tester, Web Security For Developers is a great place to start learning about the most important topics that will follow you for the rest of your career.
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It's Okay To Forget To Lock Your Computer*

Ahmed Musaad
Ahmed Musaad
The events that transpired this week in the US are sad and depressing to say the least, but criticizing people for forgetting to lock a computer in such a situation isn't a wise move. Life preservation takes precedence over security policies, full stop.
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Getting Acquainted With MISP
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Getting Acquainted With MISP

Ahmed Musaad
Ahmed Musaad
MISP is a great platform for intelligence sharing and collaboration. I have had it on my mind for a while now but only today did I get the chance to learn more about it. This post is the first in many to come about MISP and use cases I will be building around it.
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My Privacy-Focused Productivity Setup (2020)
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My Privacy-Focused Productivity Setup (2020)

Ahmed Musaad
Ahmed Musaad
We all need a way to send our friends the latest memes but that doesn't mean we should sacrifice our privacy and data control while doing so. In this post, I share some of the services I use to protect my privacy and remain productive.
4 min read
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