1 December 2023

Analyzing ICS vulnerabilities

A throwback from 2020. Somehow still true today though.

7 July 2023

Heavy Vehicles & Me

Time to get involved in securing heavy trucks!

28 June 2023

Misinformation challenge

Judgement and discernment are two skills individuals should always practice while navigating the Internet. People linking vaccines to autism or claiming the Earth is flat float around the Internet and social media every day. I want to challenge myself and invite others to join me in exercising our discernment muscles and see where this challenge…

16 April 2019


I often ignore emails if they don’t seem relevant to me, but I received this email, and several follow-up emails that I said to myself “hey, I’ll read this and figure out what they wanted.” So, let’s look at this together! First thing I noticed was that the article he has here is similar to…

11 April 2018

Podcast: Professionally Evil Perspective with Amanda Berlin

Nathan and I got to interview Amanda and talk about her book, Defensive Security Handbook, more details here: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920051671.do   Podcast here: http://secureideas.libsyn.com/march-8th-interview-with-amanda-berlin

11 April 2018

Podcast: Kateo takes on new challenges in security research

I was fortune enough to be a guest on RallySecurity podcast! Check out their website: https://rallysecurity.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRnAXnr68so&list=PLME-u8_rMnuM41hSNb5xkFwle9Cu_mduW&index=8

19 February 2018

Things my mom says

Here are some of the things my mom taught me as a child, hopefully they can help you, too. You have time for what you make time for. This is for all the times I said “but MOM, I don’t have TIME to do _____” as a kid. This is a constant reminder whenever I’m…

25 January 2018

CANAL Interview Process

When I was a manager at the network research lab (CANAL: Central’s Advanced Network Architecture Laboratory), I had the opportunity to be creative and perform interviews in order to hire new students for the lab. This process that we created stole a few ideas from other schools and mostly was just a lot of fun…

22 January 2018

How I got into InfoSec

I WAS BORN HERE. Okay, no really, everyone has a different story for how they got into this field, here’s mine. If you don’t want to hear my kid stories, skip on down to Career 😉 Nostalgic I’m going to go way back in time, to when I was roughly 6 years old. My oldest…

22 January 2018

Podcast: What is Converge and BSides Detroit?

I had another opportunity on Tim DeBlock’s Exploring Information Security podcast, this time to talk about Converge: http://www.timothydeblock.com/eis/122

22 January 2018

Podcast: Introduction to RTLAMR w/ Doug (Bemasher)

I had the opportunity to host the Professionally Evil podcast: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/introduction-to-rtlamr-with-doug-bemasher/id607209968?i=1000393598051&mt=2

22 January 2018

Podcast: How to set up a wifi pineapple?

Tim DeBlock’s Exploring Information Security podcast: http://www.timothydeblock.com/eis/106

19 January 2018

2017 Year End Review – #misec Jackson, January 9th

This is by far the strangest way to give a presentation. Originally, I was going to be there in person, but I had to be in Canada for work during the presentation. So before I left, Kyle and I recorded this. It’s a slightly different style and a completely new way of delivering content. Here’s…

22 April 2017

MiSec Panel Event: Building A Community – #misec Southfield, April 2017

“The InfoSec community is full of awesome people, so we’ve brought together an especially awesome group of folks who have built, participated in, and organized community events/research/conferences to discuss what being a part of this community has made possible for them, how they got their projects started, and what they’ve learned in the process. Thinking…

22 March 2017

My Experience With Wifi Pineapple

I had completed all of my projects at the end of December so, coming back to work I wanted to do something fun until I was bogged down with boring stuff again. My coworker handed me a Pineapple Tetra and said “go have fun.” which is exactly what I wanted to hear. My goal was to connect…

16 April 2016

InfoSecs in the City – Starting a Successful CitySec Meetup

From the original post over at irongeek.com: Johnny Xmas, Fletcher Munson, Chris Carlis, Kate Vajda @j0hnnyxm4s @Mr_FMunson @chriscarlis @vajkat BSides Nashville 2016 http://bsidesnash.org Founding members of Chicago’s (in)famous “BurbSec” meet-ups have assembled a POWERHOUSE panel of influential members of the social InfoSec scene from around the midwest! members from Chicago, Milwaukee and all over Michigan…

12 April 2016

My Experience with Cybati at DEF CON – #misec Jackson for April 2016

“We have Kate-o giving a talk on her experience trying to win hardware in the DEF CON ICS village. She will be chatting about some of the tools she discovered and how she figured out how to utilize the Cybati framework.”