Nathaniel “Q” Quist

Nathaniel “Q” Quist

Incident Response Engineer

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My Role:

As the Incident Response Engineer in LogRhythm Labs, I work with clients to perform a deep dive into their environment after a cyber attack or intrusion takes place. I am a pattern seeker, and I enjoy looking for comparisons between traditionally unrelated items to aid in incident investigation and response. I am actively focused on Active Defense countermeasures and methods to increase the defensive capabilities of organizations.

My Story:

I have been working within the computer security space for just about 10 years. I’ve worked as a SOC lead, security intrusion analyst and security engineer within government, military and enterprise-level organizations.

After working with IBM for close to two years, I came to LogRhythm looking for a smaller, more personal and innovative experience.

In 2014, I joined the LogRhythm team as a professional services consultant. Using my past experiences with vulnerability and intrusion detection, I spent a majority of each deployment on the training, tuning and configuration of LogRhythm’s Advanced Correlating component, the AI Engine. In February 2016, I switched to the LogRhythm Labs team to further my experience within the defense analytic realm.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have many hobbies including playing the banjo, running, gardening and more! On the technical side, I am passionate about virtual machines, proxies and active defense.

My Philosophy:

As an infosec professional, I feel it’s important to be skeptical and to not trust anything until it’s proven. I have many mantras and quotes that I adhere to on a professional and personal basis. Some of my favorites include:

“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” –Aristotle

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” –Aristotle

“In the absence of clearly defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily acts of trivia.” –Unknown

My Qualifications:

Bachelor of Science, Computer Security and Forensics, Kaplan University

Currently working to achieve my Masters of Information Security Engineering from SANS Institute

My certifications include: GCIH, GSEC, GCIA Working to attain the GNFA (expected completion June 2016)

My Twitter Handle:

@qcuequeue