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    Default Personal lab at work

    I just thought of this but has anyone brought in their own equipment to be able to lab?
    I have extra equipment to lab on but it might be sold later on. Mostly because we need the money :/

    I can VPN in from home and everything but I don't have my own place yet.
    I'm thinking about doing wireless with UniFi, since we use it at work.


    I know for a fact that they're not going to be like 'oh since you have your own stuff here we can use it'. The reason I know is due to personal development and they're not really paying for it but for electricity.
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    If it was me, I would at least get written permission first and clarify what you intend to do. These kind of requests can sound the alarms within a security team.
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    Yeah and make sure they dont see you labbing instead of working.
    Labbing "for" work is usually accepted if you isolate it.
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    Well we have a lab using spare switches (unfortunately our network doesn't use routers except at the gateway), I have no problem with my guys practicing and learning during down time.
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    We have plenty of spare switches, so setting up an isolated lab isn't an issue, but there are no spare routers.
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    I'm pretty much the jack of all trades here. The labs will be focused on what I do here at work. There are some things that I need to get better at and I would like to do more server, networking, wireless and security stuff. Even though I do it already. I just need to be able to be more self reliant on what we use here and how we do things.

    I will get talked to for 'trying to figure stuff out' because of the personality type that I'm dealing with and they don't understand how things work in/with IT and InfoSec. Nor will they want to understand. SMH.
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    For small companies, you might be able to get away with it. At a company I used to work for, I've brought my own equipment and racked them in the lab. I wanted to keep them on at all times, but I didn't want to pay for the electricity to do so. I even hooked up a terminal server to them so that I can console to them from my desk or remotely through the corporate VPN. I made them available to other engineers though if they wanted to study for certs.
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    Yea, my last job wouldn't let us do that. We had to get permission to put stuff on the network and that took a long time just to get an answer back. Shoot, even trying to replace SOHO wifi stuff took months just to replace because they wanted me to try EVERYTHING before I got a new one.

    I think that I can for sure work something out.
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    You can VPN into rogue equipment you setup at work? Sounds like a really bad security setup to me.
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    No VPN to rogue equipment. The terminal servers are part of the lab environment, and it's just a serial connection from there to the console port of my equipment. There is a lab firewall that only allows access to the terminal servers for a specific group of people. Outside of the terminal servers, everything else in the lab are air-gapped.
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    Make sure you get an ownership acknowledgement in writing. Last thing you want is to get laid off and not be able to get your stuff.
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