Return to America – Au revoir Belgique!

As my year in Belgium was over, it was time for me to say, "Au revoir Belgique" (goodbye Belgium) and return to America.

While I enjoyed my time overseas, it was time for my next adventure. I will miss the people I've met and the places I have visited, but I am definitely looking forward to my new position stateside.

Unfortunately, I will no longer be able to get things like a beer at McDonald's once I leave.

Au revoir Belgique - McDonalds

I think I made a huge difference to my team initially as the QA/ScrumMaster, but an even bigger impact once I finally became team lead. Though there will always be new projects or things to improve, I have no doubt that many of the changes I made will be lasting.

My new role will be a Senior Penetration Tester at a major financial institution, so this is definitely more in line with my hobbies as well as my goals. I'm excited that I will go into the office every day and break into new systems/old systems in new ways. As far as my career goes, this is definitely a move in the right direction, and one I am looking forward to. Certification wise, I'm eyeing OSCE next, and I might even be able to get the costs partially covered by my new company!

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Ray Doyle is an avid pentester/security enthusiast/beer connoisseur who has worked in IT for almost 16 years now. From building machines and the software on them, to breaking into them and tearing it all down; he's done it all. To show for it, he has obtained an OSCE, OSCP, eCPPT, GXPN, eWPT, eWPTX, SLAE, eMAPT, Security+, ICAgile CP, ITIL v3 Foundation, and even a sabermetrics certification!

He currently serves as a Senior Staff Adversarial Engineer for Avalara, and his previous position was a Principal Penetration Testing Consultant for Secureworks.

When he's not figuring out what cert to get next or side project to work on, he enjoys playing video games, traveling, and watching sports.

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5 Responses to Return to America – Au revoir Belgique!

  1. FredHilbert

    My name is Fred, I’m from Belgium.
    Do you have anything to do with that
    Do you speack french 🙂 ?

    • Hi Fred,
      Great to have a Belgian on my blog, and welcome!
      I do, that is my disclosure, and I actually plan on finishing up a write-up with screenshots tonight and posting it.
      I spoke enough French to order food/take the train, but not enough for full conversations yet.

      • FredHilbert

        I will try to communicate in English then 🙂
        Here’s the reason I contact you: I’m a VOO costumer with Netgear 3700b modem.
        So, if you need screenshot or even (why not) access to one of my machines, no problem !
        Do you have à Twitter?

        • Haha, thank you for that!
          Ah, excellent, I will let you know. I grabbed some screenshots before I left, so hopefully everything will be alright.

          I do, it is @doylersec

          • Fred Hilbert

            I have one last question, this article will be published here? I tell you already thank you for taking the time to answer me. I hope that Belgium not missing you too much 🙂
            And also that the march terrorist attacks have not changed your souvenir of the city.

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