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Ashley Poole


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  1. Jekyll & Hyde... Blogging Platforms

    Just like in the story of Jekyll & Hyde, my usage of Wordpress as my blogging platform has reached a bitter end. Over the last year, I found myself spending more time trying to write blog posts but fighting various WordPress issues at every turn. These issues included: Database performance issues; thanks ClearDB! :( SSL / authentication cookie issues WordPress’s funky newline handling …


  2. Vlog: Brief Introduction to SQLMap

    For months now I’ve wanted to giving video blogging a go but have always shied away from it mainly from being too self conscious. While this completely hasn’t gone away, I have managed to pluck up the courage and record my first ever video blog which your about to see below. …


  3. Reflection: Public Speaking

    Well I’ve been back in the UK for about a week now after attending an internal work conference in Minnesota, USA and wanted to reflect on my experience of public speaking while out there. At the conference I presented two sessions on information security, each lasting 45 minutes long and being delivered live to approximately 50+ software engineers. The titles of these sessions were: Secure Development Practices: For the modern day web developer Exploring The Dark Side Of Mobile Applications …


  4. Introducing SSL Notifications (Beta)

    When dealing with HTTPS endpoints that I managed, I often found myself turning to online scan providers including SSL Labs to manually carry out testing of these endpoints. This required me to A), Remember to periodically scan those endpoints and B), Have the free time required to scan all the endpoints. …


  5. Technical Book Reviewer

    So I’ve been a little quiet lately on the blogging front, even more than normal. But finally one of my side projects has been completed which was being a Technical Reviewer for Packt Publishing. The book I was reviewing was entitled “Microsoft System Center PowerShell Essentials” and as the title has given away, it focused on using PowerShell to interactive with Microsoft System Center; What a convenient title ay? ;) Microsoft System Center PowerShell Essentials Book And Credit Page :) Also, not only have I just finished my first technical book review, I have already accepted another offer from Packt to review another book! Here we go again! Just agreed to do another technical review for @PacktPub! #PowerShell #Book #PacktPub— Ashley Poole (@AshleyPooleUK) May 6, 2015 This, as well as other side projects are keeping me busy at the moment but I hope to get back to my ‘normal’ blog posting schedule soon. There is already a myriad of posts I have yet to complete and publish on topics ranging from application security to the new Azure Files Storage. Stay tuned folks! …


  6. Another Great DDDSW Event!

    So as I write this, I’m currently heading back from DDDSW6 event yesterday that took place in Bristol, UK. Simply put, I want to say a huge thank you to the DDDSW team for organising such a great event and for the range of topics covered by the speakers; also not forgetting the sponsors that make it possible to run this community event which is free for attendees! …


  7. SourceTree Custom Action – Open Solution

    Day to day I find myself using Git natively as well as Atlassian’s SourceTree Git client. Keen to ever ease my life with SourceTree I’ve previously written custom actions to open the associated FogBugz case to a commit as well as another custom action to update all or certain NuGet packages for a repository. …


  8. Sensitive Data Exposure With Every Delicious Pizza

    This blog article is on sensitive data exposure which is the second article of a short series I’m writing on web security, focusing particularly on mobile applications. This series will show real world examples I have uncovered of how security hasn’t been implemented correctly with references to the Open Web Application Security Project (OWAP) where appropriate. My goal of this series is to highlight how not to implement web security to further help educate and highlight issues where security is not or incorrectly implemented. …