About Me

Hi, I’m Jai Minton an Information and Cyber Security Professional with an interest in both “offensive” (Penetration Testing) and “defensive” (Digital Forensics and Incident Response) security operations. My passion for information technology and security extends beyond my employment, and as such there’s a few reasons that this blog exists, in short I wanted:

  1. A place to consolidate and publish some ‘Capture The Flag’ achievements and my thought process which lead to these achievements.
  2. A place to publish some of my public research, thoughts, and learning outcomes to help others improve themselves and their processes relating to information and cyber security.
  3. To lower the barrier of entry for upcoming security professionals who are interested in breaking into the field but don’t know how.

If I can help you learn something in minutes or hours which took me days, weeks, or even months to learn, then this website has been a success.

Why should I listen to you?

I don’t ‘specialise’ in just a single area of information security, nor would I consider myself (or practically anyone else for that matter) an ‘expert’ in everything related to security. I have; however, worked and researched a number of different areas depending on my role, responsibilities, and what I find interesting at any given time.

In my professional career I’ve:

  • Worked for both the public and private sector
  • Undertaken multiple successful penetration tests achieving the goals based on the scope of tests conducted
  • Worked in internal security roles and collaborated to share research findings with relevant Cyber Security Centre/CERT authorities globally
  • Worked in a managed service capacity to protect multiple Fortune 500, and Fortune 100 companies
  • Researched and documented new and emerging threats within the Cyber Security industry
  • Reported newly discovered (including critical) vulnerabilities to companies
  • Had my research findings included in recognised industry courses such as SANS FOR500 (Windows Forensic Analysis).
  • Been on the Academic Advisory Board of the Security Blue Team, ‘Blue Team Level 2 (BTL2)’ certification.

You can read some recommendations, comments on, or citations of my work at the following:

Despite the above I strongly believe that the only way for this industry to be successful and thrive is collaboration and knowledge sharing wherever possible, and so I often seek validation and feedback from others who specialise in a particular area. It’s entirely up to you who you follow, listen to, or collaborate with in this industry.

Disclaimer

All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own, and may not be representative of my employer, or any other entity unless I am specifically quoting someone.

This website and content included is provided “as is”, without warranty of any kind, express or implied, including but not limited to the warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, and noninfringement.

Product mentions

There are many security tools, products, and services on the market today and I utilise many on a daily basis. Any mention of a particular tool, product, or service is on my own accord and is no way sponsored unless otherwise stated.

Can I contact you?

Should you need to contact me you can always do so on:

  • Twitter
  • Email: mintsec [at] outlook [dot] com

If you want to encrypt your email and send it to me, my PGP fingerprint is D9F1 397D 13A2 6192 9B01 C9C0 33A1 B659 55ED 33BF, or for those who just need the PGP Public Key

Other Work

Can I share your work?

Absolutely, provided you give attribution. Consider the work here licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Can I support or donate?

Collaboration and knowledge sharing is the best way to help support this work. I don’t do “sponsored posts” or “advertisements”, and if you wish to donate in any kind of way, the website is being run at an expense every year, although it’s not a large one, there is a domain and hosting cost. If you find this material useful and you feel like buying me a coffee or helping to contribute to domain registration and hosting fees, please feel free to do so, but please don’t feel obliged.

Privacy Policy

The website is currently using some scripts; however none of these are designed for tracking, and advertising. Web browser performance API data is sent to Cloudflare in the form of ‘Cloudflare Web Analytics’.

The only cookie used on this site is one pushed down from the Cloudflare content delivery network. More information on possible cookies can be found here. The only known cookie to be in use is as follows:

  • __cf_bm: Used for managing bots, short lived (only lasts up to 30 minutes after inactivity on the website). Not used for tracking.

In addition a content security policy (CSP) has always been in place to provide an added level of security in what resources can be loaded from this website. I fully respect that resources may wish to be blocked, and you are free to block any resource from being loaded, but please note it may affect certain elements of the website. I’d recommend using a browser extension such as: Ublock Origin or UMatrix to do this.