Erik began his career as an intern at EY. He accidentally ended up in the cybersecurity team and was asked to assist in pen testing. At that time, he didn't know he could make money in the field. He signed on at EY in 2008 and didn't look back. Over time, he evolved from pure pen testing/red team to doing more blue/purple team work today.
Erik has an interesting mix of experiences and skills that range from offensive security topics (pen test, red team, adversary emulation) to defensive security topics (security monitoring, threat hunting, incident response) over his 10+ years in the industry.
Erik is the lead author for two SANS courses - SEC599: Defeating Advanced Adversaries and SEC699: Purple Team Tactics - Adversary Emulation for Breach Prevention & Detection. As a SANS Certified Instructor, Erik enjoys standing in front of a classroom and explaining deeply technical concepts by using war stories, and adding a few funny anecdotes here and there. He believes this love for knowledge transfer is recognized by his students and has resulted in his success as an author and instructor.
In addition to his work with SANS, Erik is the co-founder of Belgian cybersecurity firm NVISO, specializing in the government, defense and the financial sector. Erik and his team have built NVISO into a 100-man organization in the span of 7 years, and now serves some of the most critical organizations in the European region. Together with his team of technical experts, Erik delivers a wide array of technical security services, including penetration testing, security monitoring & incident response.
Furthermore, Erik sits on the board of directors of his company NVISO and also runs the Belgian Cyber Security Challenge and German Cyber Security Rumble. These competitions are aimed at university students to entice the next generation of cybersecurity experts!
Erik holds a master’s degree in Cyber Security from Royal Holloway University of London, and has earned a number of professional certifications over the years including: GSEC, GCIH, GCIA, GNFA, GPEN, GWAPT, and GSE certifications.
When he’s not teaching or writing courses, Erik enjoys a few healthy things like road cycling (a STRAVA fanboy), indoor soccer, snowboarding, and also a few less healthy things like BBQ, cigars, and whiskey (in no particular order).
A self-confessed speed walker, if you see Erik rushing around at a conference: feel free to stop him and say "Hi!"
Here is a SANS presentation by Erik Van Buggenhout:
Stealth persistence strategies | SANS@MIC Talk
ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS BY ERIK VAN BUGGENHOUT: