Joseph Muniz is an architect at Cisco Systems and security researcher. Joseph started his career in software development and later managed networks as a contracted technical resource. He moved into consulting and found a passion for security while meeting with a variety of customers.

Joseph has been involved with the design and implementation of multiple projects ranging from Fortune 500 corporations to large federal networks. He is the author and contributor of several books as well as has spoken for popular security conferences such as RSA, Cisco Live, ISC2 and DEF CON. Joseph’s current role gives him visibility into the latest trends in cyber security both from leading vendors and customers.

—– Publications —–

Author: Investigating the Cyber Breach: The Digital Forensics Guide for the Network Engineer  February 9, 2018 Cisco Press – Pre-order HERE / Amazon HERE

secfndAuthor: CCNA Cyber Ops SECFND #210-250 Official Cert Guide 1st edition      Spring 2017 Cisco Press – HERE / Amazon HERE

seccopsAuthor: CCNA Cyber Ops SECOPS #210-255 Official Cert Guide 1st edition        Spring 2017 Cisco Press – HERE / Amazon HERE

Author: Digital Forensics and Cyber Crime with Kali Linux Fundamentals — Video  Sept 2017 Cisco Press – HERE

Author: CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst CSA+ (CS0-001) Complete Video Course and Practice Test — Video  Oct 2017 Pearson – HERE

SOC_BookAuthor: Security Operations Center: Building, Operating and Maintaining your SOC – November 2015 Cisco Press – Purchase HERE / Amazon HERE

PenTestingRas1Author: Penetration Testing with Raspberry Pi – January 2015 Packt publishing – Purchase HERE / Amazon HERE / Barnes & Noble HERE

KaliLinux_Pentest_ BookAuthor: Web Penetration Testing with Kali Linux – August 2013 Packt publishing – Purchase HERE / Amazon HERE / Barnes & Noble HERE

Article: Launching Social Media Based Attack – PenTest Magazine, Nov 2013
Article: Compromising Passwords w/ Kali Linux – PenTest Magazine, July 2013
Reviewer: Kali Linux Social Engineering – Packt Publishing, Dec 2013
Reviewer: Instant XenMobile MDM – Packt Publishing, Sept  2013
Reviewer: Citrix XenMobile Mobile Device Management – Packt Pub, Feb 2014
Reviewer: Getting Started With XenDesktop 7.x – Packt Pub, April 2014
Reviewer: Kali Linux CTF Blueprints– Packt Pub, Aug 2014
Reviewer: Building Virtual Pentesting Labs for Advanced Penetration Testing 2nd edition– Packt Pub, Aug 2016
Reviewer: Penetration Testing with Raspberry Pi  2nd edition– Packt Pub, Dec 2016

JoeyBioImage2I hold many certifications to include:

Certified Information Systems Security Professional CISSP
EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker CEH
EC-Council Certified Security Analyst ECSA
EC-Council Certified Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator CHFI
Certified Penetration Tester IACRB
Cisco Certified Design Associate CCDA
Cisco Certified Network Associate CCNA
Cisco Certified Design Professional CCDP
Cisco Certified Network Professional CCNP
Cisco Certified Network Professional Security CCNP-Security
Cisco Certified Security Professional CCSP
Cisco Certified Voice Professional CCVP
Cisco Firewall specialist
Cisco IPS Specialist
Cisco Information Security Specialist
Cisco Advance Wireless Design Specialist
Cisco Advanced Security Field Specialist
Cisco IP Communications Support Specialist
Cisco Identity Services Engine Certified
SourceFire Certified Professional (SFCP)
SourceFire Certified Professional (SFCP-AMP)
Symantec Data Loss Prevention
Symantec PGP Endpoint Encryption
Symantec SSE PGP File Encryption
Altiris Client Management Suite and Server Management Suite
Symantec Network Admission Control
RSA DLP Suite Certified Systems Engineer CSE
RSA enVision Certified Systems Engineer CSE
RSA SecurID Certified Systems Engineer CSE
RSA Archer Certified Administrator CA
Routing and Switching Solutions for Systems Engineers
Information Systems Security (INFOSEC) professional
NetWitness SE Certification
McAfee Technical Professional Data Protection
McAfee Technical Professional Network Defense
McAfee Technical Professional Risk & Compliance
McAfee Technical Professional Web and Email security
McAfee Technical Professional System Security
F5 Technical Sales Accreditation
Certified Meraki Networking Associate
Masters degree in Cyber Security and Information Assurance
Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Math

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  1. Dear Joey Muniz
    I decided to write to you directly. I’m editor of Pentest Magazine. This magazine is special edytion for englishlanguage market. It is devoted to IT security, firewalls penetration tests, data security. I am looking for experts on this subject to build good mark of our magazine. We want to promote competent people which keep up on this fastgrowing feld. I would like to propose You writeing an article for our magazine. Choseing a subject is up to You, it may be your actual projects, something theoretical or practical, actual dengers or actual tendencies. We don’t pay for articles. We offer comertial of company on one page, information about author in inprint. Of course author will recieve magazin with article for free.
    I hope you will concider my proposition
    Best regards
    Software Press

  2. I’d appreciate an offline email exchange.
    The question is to malware / mobile devices and business concerns.
    I’m seeking your input over certain concerns (mobile devices).

  3. Hi Joe,

    I stumbled over your ’Social Media Deception’ and I think it proves a very important point. I am practicing IT security at Coop, Danish leading retailer (at least we think so :-)) with 30.000 employees and 1200 stores across the country. We own 4 different chains, and they all think Facebook is fantastic to sell all our goods.

    I have planned a meeting with all the facebook responable people and the presentation I am making to that meeting will have a bit of content from your presentation – I hope that is ok.

    I have downloaded the PDF version of your talk from RSAs website, and unfortunately for the pages that has a bit of powerpoint action on them (picture over picture overlay), it’s impossible to take screenshots and use that for my own presentation – especially the slides about the impact of social media and people trust people has some points I would like to reuse, but are impossible to see 🙁

    So to make a long story short, I would like to have the PPT version of your talk so I can grab the bits and pieces I need for my (strictly internal) presentation.

    Can I get that?

    Thanks in advance – and thanks for the great talk. I really think it’s spot on!


    1. Hi Klaus,

      I’m glad you liked the presentation and research. I’m more than happy to share our presentation with you. What email address should I send a download link to?

      If it is ok with you, would you mind sharing your final presentation with me? We love hearing about people using the concepts for their security practice.

      Thank you


      1. Hi Joe,

        I thought you could see the email adress I provided with the post – but I guess not.

        Please send the presentation to kap at coop dot dk (trying to not make it myself an easy spam target…)

        I will be happy to send you the presentation – it will be in danish, but if that’s ok with you, it’s ok with me too 🙂



          1. Hi Joey, thanks a lot for the presentation. Where should I send my presentation? The email you mention in another post on this site doesn’t work.

            Btw: At Coop we plan to use your case in an internal awareness campaign (a small one, a 2 min video, questionnaire, stickers and posters) – I will keep you posted on how it goes..

            1. Looking forward to seeing it. Send it to the email addresses listed in the ABOUT section of this blog. Thanks!

  4. Joseph, this is Harris Andrea from

    I really love your blog man. You have so much interesting content in here. I’m working in similar fields as you are (network security , cisco asa, penetration testing etc) so I always find your content very useful and helpful.

    Keep up the great work.


  5. hi ,

    Is there Anyone help me for my issue which i am having since from last 4 days in my company test network . we have Cisco ASA 5525-X Firewall with firepower module . i have successfully install the sfr up and running . policies are made successfully . but i am having only one issue is actually health summary status is disable . we have version 5.4.0 . kindly please confirm is there any bug in this current version .



    1. Hi Khan,

      You should check out the videos section I have on this blog that showcases how to setup FirePOWER. FYI Firepower 5.4 is a few versions older than the latest, which is 6.1. If you are seeing a health summery status disabled, it may be a license issue. Is your system licensed and which version (smart license or older static)? Worst case, you can open a TAC case or reach out to your technology provider to identify your licensing.

      Hope this helps!

  6. Hey there Joseph…i’m a Cisco customer who has happened upon this site/blog as a result of looking to find add’l info about the FirePOWER services available thru subscription licensing (AMP-N, IPS/IDS, URL) on my ASA-X device. recently we did consult a 3rd party ‘impartial’ to review network security and they emphatically are against this setup in any way/shape/form…and do suggest either of 2 diff ‘top Gartner quadrant’ choices. i figure you have a large bit of bias here, but WHAT is to show that the Cisco/FireP solutions ARE able to be adequately part of a full portfolio of layered security ?

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