Anvil Ventures Blog

Looking inside the box

May 8th, 2019

As tempting as it would be to turn a blog post with this title into a postmodern critical analysis of the movie Se7en I’ll be discussing another kind of box today. Dropbox to be exact. I have been fascinated by Dropbox from the moment it came on my radar shortly after launching. Dropbox’ concept is still deceptively simple. Here’s a folder. Put files in it. Now it syncs. Move to another computing device. It syncs. The folder and files are there now too!

Closing 2018 and Kick-Starting 2019: The Anvil Way

March 18, 2019

Friends and colleagues, I have been remiss in posting highlights for what has been going on for Anvil and want to make amends: so, here are some highlights about how we closed out 2018 and got 2019 off to a roaring start.

Linux Attack Surface Analysis and Monitoring

September 18, 2017

Recently on an application security review project I ended up having analyze a lot of before- and after- statuses when installing several pieces of software on Linux operating systems. It made me realize that I really missed having something akin to Microsoft's ...

Solving the Q4 Crunch for InfoSec Consulting

September 7, 2017

In information security consulting and especially in the area of bespoke penetration testing services, the fourth quarter tends to be a bit of a shit show for lack of a better term. It may have something to do with the nascent nature of...

Zero Days, Exploits, and Attribution. A Question of Ethics?

July 18, 2017

Recently, I was having lunch with a young hacker. This person brought an interesting situation to my attention and asked me for my thoughts. The young hacker worked for a research and consulting firm. While working at that firm, this person, on their personal time, found an issue in a popular product/device. The hacker explained...

What Sets Anvil Ventures Apart - June 2017 Edition

June 30, 2017

People sometimes ask me why I started Anvil Ventures and what is so great about it. Based on who they are, I give them an appropriate response. Potential hires get the...

Anvil Ventures Q1 2017

May 5, 2017

We have completed our first three (3) months of business. We have customers!!!! OK. We don’t have lots of customers but we have turned down more business than we have accepted. We are sticking to our guns...

3 New CyberSecurity Laws: How the Changing Landscape will Impact your Org

April 21, 2017

In the last few years we have seen an increase in public breaches and hacking events. Information security as an industry is booming because of it. But we are also seeing a number of new pieces...

Anvil Ventures Announces Vincent Berg Appointed as First Partner

February 20, 2017

February 20, 2017, Seattle : Anvil Ventures, a boutique information security consulting partnership, announced today that Vincent Berg has been named the company's first full Partner...

Introducing Anvil Ventures: An Information Security Consulting Partnership

February 9, 2017

Today we are excited to announce the formation of Anvil Ventures, LLC (“Anvil”). Anvil is a new information security consultancy formed by industry veteran Chris Elbring.


November 16, 2016

In my earlier post, I detailed some of the things that my new venture will be doing and I alluded to more information being forthcoming. The firm’s name is Anvil Ventures.