About me

The quieter you become, the more you can hear… (c)

The story I want to tell…

… or how I entered the InfoSec field

My name is Veronica Zvereva and I am a security analyst. I am very excited and proud of what I do. My job is my hobby and my passion. My IT-education has mostly been a self-study ever since I got my first PC somewhere in 2008 or 2009. Those days I thought that ICQ was a PC number (like phone number) printed on the desktop. That PC was assembled by some IT enthusiasts on out local IT market and was just a disaster! Every month or so it did something outrageous thus extending the limits of my notion regarding what the worst PC might be. I could expect any abject from its part: it could suddenly turn off kicking me back to the very beginning of my work and forcing to start all over again; or it could freeze to death leaving me freezing to death as well but rather from desperation; or it could suddenly go “blue screen”. Everyday was a “surprise”. Soon after this “treasure” I bought my first router (like the first one wasn’t enough) and that was one worthy of my PC: awakening the same amount of annoyance. Soon after purchase it started demanding daily reset and re-configuration (almost every day), and neither IPS nor router’s tech support were of any help. They both (I mean the PC and router, por su puesto :-) ) ended up on our entryway several years after that and apparently were picked up by some unsuspecting poor neighbor. I used to complain much about these two precious “guys”, but now I understand how valuable these two devices have actually become: they have both forced me to delve into IT world and established a fundamentals of my IT-mindset that have later led me to becoming who I am right now.

Being a freshman I took mandatory philosophy classes and, at first, I considered them to be nothing more than just a part of educational program: boring and unavoidable. However one sunny (or not that sunny…) day our professor told us about a theory - pragmatism - that mainly states that things we know and learn should have practical application. I studied at Moscow State University on a Historical Department and one could guess which career path could be less compliant with that theory. Needless to say, that theory has changed my attitude drastically, because I had never considered my life from that angle before. It struck me like a lightning-ball! Upon considering my life I had realized that my previous and future potential experience couldn’t help me make my own worthy practical contribution to this rapidly changing and developing world. That was a turning point of my life. From that day forward I started looking for a professional field where I could make the world a better place, and finally have found one: information security.

I have been fond of solving puzzles and riddles since I was a little kid. All my career and study choices were driven by that passion: law - to solve crimes; history - to solve historical puzzles; medicine - to solve human diseases puzzles. I remember reading children books about being a detective and a spy with lots of puzzles and tricks described. I also used to create my first ciphers at school to share notes with a friend without our teacher knowing the contents. And then during the last two years of high school and first years of University I got crazy about PC games from “Sherlock Holmes vs XXXXX” series where I had to (among other brainteasers) decipher some encrypted messages. Those times I didn’t read any books on cryptography, but nevertheless managed to intuitively solve such puzzles in English and that was a fantastic feeling! So, I can tell, I am a dopamine addict.

As a conclusion, I’d like to share one wise quote. Long-long time ago, there lived a very wise man Kong Qiu, better known as Confucius. He once said: “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”. So, I am a very happy person, because I have found one! I am crazy and proud of my work, it has become my hobby and my passion, because it can help us make this world a better place :)

Research Interest

  1. Digital forensics
  2. Data recovery
  3. Reverse engineering
  4. Incident Response
  5. Penetration testing

Main skills

  1. Reverse engineering
  2. Mobile application security
  3. Web application security
  4. Digital forensics
  5. Incident Response
  6. Threat Hunting

Publications

  1. Garskova I.M, Zueva V.A.

Certificates

  1. Certified Ethical Hacker v9
  2. Coursera: Software Security (Coursera, Maryland University), Cryptography (Coursera, Maryland University)
  3. Udemy: SDF Windows Prefetch Forensics, Mobile Forensics
  4. Autopsy
  5. TestDaF

Projects

  1. This website
  2. Exploiter (Android application for customizable complex IPC attacks)
  3. Viginear Cipher Decryptor (C++)

Hobbies

  1. Music (Violin ðŸŽŧ )
  2. Cryptography, riddles, puzzles ðŸ§Đ
  3. Eastern martial arts ðŸĨ‹
  4. Foreign languages ( 🇎🇧, 🇊ðŸ‡ļ , ðŸ‡Đ🇊 )
  5. Buddhism philosophy 🧘
  6. Psychology 🧠

Resume

My resume can be found here.