First of all, I’d like to welcome you to my blog. Obviously you’ve come here for some reason, that likely being your want or need for facts or opinions on Information Security (InfoSec). Well, you have come to the right place.

Now let me provide an introduction: My name is James Montour, I am a Systems Administrator that presently works for a financial institution. I’ve worked as a Systems Administrator officially for just about 2 years now, with miscellaneous IT work done prior. I technically have no formal IT education, with the exception of a Computer Programming certificate I received… Funnily enough, my two degrees are actually both in Video Production. Everything that I know in terms of IT, InfoSec, etc. has been self taught. Just to add some extra context to the information that I will be posting here, I run a primarily Windows dominated corporate network, with a few Linux servers for things like documentation, knowledge base, and network monitoring.

The purpose of this blog is to share my knowledge and experiences relating to creating, operating, and maintaining a Windows-based corporate network. The primary topics I will cover are security hardening, group policy, active directory management, and general best practices. If these things sound interesting to you, then you are in the right place.


James Montour is a Systems Administrator and information security enthusiast living in the US. His skills include Active Directory Administration, Database Administration, Network Administration, Automation/Scripting, Windows Server Management, and IT Compliance.