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 Principal Penetration Testing Consultant for Secureworks. His previous position was a Senior Penetration Tester for a major financial institution.

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

    Hello,
    My name is Fred, I’m from Belgium.
    Do you have anything to do with that http://seclists.org/fulldisclosure/2016/Apr/87
    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?
        @FredHilbert

        • 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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