Hello, I’m Ryan Kozak and I’m a former full stack developer turned cyber security engineer living in Sacramento. I moved to Northern California in December of 2013, and with the exception of a brief few years living in Memphis, I spent most of my childhood on the Central Coast in a little town called Santa Maria California.
This is my blog, and sometimes I’ll post CTF writeups, other things related to computer security, privacy, web development, and maybe some rants here and there. This is my home page, so it’s kind of whatever I want, and I don’t want it to be too formal. If you’d like to talk please check out my contact page, I’ve got a few email addresses on there.
I’m an avid Linux user and I primarily try and stick to using open source tools whenever I can (in my personal life). As of right now I work a lot with Python and Tenable doing threat and vulnerability management automation.
Over the years I’ve worked alot with PHP and frameworks like Laravel, CodeIgniter, and the dreaded WordPress CMS. I don’t touch most of those anymore, with the exception of Laravel, which I still enjoy using for some personal projects like MapMoto.
As a former web dev I’ve really become an enthusiast for the security aspects of web development. I am a member of OWASP, and since the Sacramento chapter has been revived, I try and make it to those meetups whenever I can.
When I’m not on a screen I love riding my motorcycles (Motocross and ADV), cooking, traveling, or getting out into the mountains locally. I’m always trying to remind myself that computers aren’t actually real, and that there’s a whole life out side of screens. That is why you won’t find me blogging about things that aren’t too computer related, it ties everything together too much to post everything I do. I don’t like social media at all, I think it’s generally aweful for people and society. I do have some profiles though, those you can find on my contact page.