Aspiring Cybersecurity Analyst

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Hello, my name is Erick Tafel and I have a passion for technology. Please, take a look at my projects and feel free to reach out!

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What I’m working on

Penetration Tester Certificates

Roadmap to Penetration Testing As I began my journey, I was unsure where or how to start. I was intimidated by others in the field. I was told cybersecurity is a field one enters after years of experience in Network or System Administration. With an Accounting degree and a couple...
Company: Ethical Hacking Home Lab

GitHub Repositories

My GitHub repositories represent an ongoing journey of learning and growth in coding, as I continuously develop new projects and refine my skills. Each repository serves as a testament to my evolving expertise and dedication to expanding my programming capabilities. For a comprehensive view of my progress and projects, please...


Ethical Hacking Home Lab
Virtual Machines

The Virtual Lab As a seasoned Information Security professional with 2.5+ years of experience I needed a change. My addiction to technology, hacking, and commitment to privacy led me on this path... Let's begin.   In the past few years, I've constructed a hacking laboratory powered by Virtual Machines. I downloaded...
Company: Network Security Home Lab

The Mobile Hacking Machine
Raspberry Pi

Project Overview Like many techies, I found myself absorbing far too much tech YouTube content. One night, I was watching a content creator and that's when I realized I had to build what he had. He had a video showcasing a Raspberry Pi that he converted to a mobile hacking...
Company: Network Security Home Lab

Pi-hole With Unbound
Raspberry Pi

Project Overview This repository contains instructions for setting up Pi-hole with Unbound for enhanced DNS filtering and security. The configuration is based on the tutorial by Crosstalk Solutions The World's Greatest Pi-hole and Unbound Tutorial 2023 and the Pi-hole documentation Unbound Integration Guide. Prerequisites Ensure you have the following prerequisites...
Company: Network Security Home Lab

Azure Honeypot

Azure Honeypot with Log Analytics Workspace and Sentinel SIEM   Introduction   In this project, I utilized Azure Sentinel, a cloud-native security information and event management (SIEM) service, to create a live cyber attack heat map. The objective was to leverage Azure services to monitor and visualize global cyber attacks...
Company: Network Security Home Lab


Ethical Hacking Home Lab
Independent, Ethical Hacking Home Lab
Remote | February, 2022 - January, 2030

  • Built a hacking lab using Docker containers and Virtual Machines.
  • Utilized industry-standard tools and techniques to conduct comprehensive penetration testing assessments and vulnerability scans.
  • Wrote a Python script to extract emails from Google search results.
  • Actively engaged in practical exercises from TryHackMe and HackTheBox (HTB). Currently advancing towards the HTB Certified Penetration Testing Specialist (CPTS) exam.
  • Configured Raspberry Pi as a mobile Kali Linux hacking machine.
  • Obtained Google and CompTIA certificates.

Network Security Home Lab
Independent, Network Security Home Lab
Remote | February, 2022 - January, 2030

  • Utilized tools to effectively detect, analyze, and respond to security incidents.
  • Utilized Raspberry Pi for Pi-hole implementation to enhance network security.
  • Installed and configured a personal web server.
  • Obtained CompTIA certificates.

SOC Staff Consultant
A-LIGN Compliance and Security, Inc., SOC Staff Consultant
Remote | August, 2021 - January, 2022

  • Led SOC 1 & 2 Type 1 & 2 audits and risk assessments.
  • Managed client communications throughout the audit lifecycle and presented deliverables.

Business Advisory Services Consultant
RubinBrown, LLP, Business Advisory Services Consultant
Denver, CO | July, 2019 - August, 2021

  • IT general controls reviews, SOC compliance testing, NIST RMF assessments, and Sarbanes-Oxley compliance testing.
  • Presented cybersecurity findings to the Board of Directors and advised on system improvement.


Badges & Skills


B.A. Accounting
Bellarmine University - Louisville, KY August, 2014 - August, 2018

Obtained the Scarlet Scholarship and Dean’s List recipient.