A community for learning Microsoft Azure, 365, Microsoft Security, and for discussions and sharing of ideas related to Cloud, Microsoft DFIR, SIEM and XDR, and more. Founded by John Alves and managed by MCTs (Microsoft Certified Trainers) with a focus on enabling current and future Microsoft Certified professionals and building a core network of individuals with a passion for cloud and security.

The idea came as a way to give back to the community. Currently, The Lowdown Lab consists of three individuals.

John Alves

A Microsoft Services Principal with almost a decade of experience in Information Security across network engineering, systems administration, compliance, and cloud. He leads the Cloud Security practice at CyberOne and is a subject matter expert in cloud security. He holds multiple certifications from various certifying bodies, most notably Microsoft Certified Trainer, Microsoft Solutions Architect, Microsoft Cybersecurity Architect, GIAC Public Cloud Security, and the GIAC Cloud Security Automation.

Over the course of his career, John has demonstrated a deep technical understanding of security practices and has consistently delivered robust solutions to enterprises. John continues to prove his dedication to cyber security with his active involvement in the community and his roles in helping others achieve certifications in both Microsoft and SANS.

Randy Bordeaux

Randy is a seasoned professional and Military Veteran with 19+ years of IT management and technical support experience in various sectors. He has worked mostly with Managed Service Providers in the legal, financial, and energy vectors. I am currently diving into DevOps and Kubernetes to provide SaaS at Duck Creek Technologies in the Colorado Springs area. He holds various certifications and is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). He travels quite a bit and splits his time between being a digital nomad and enjoying Colorado. Apart from teaching Microsoft Azure classes, he can be found consulting or supporting customers and finding ways to automate the day-to-day to free the business up for more important things.

Blake Roberts

He is a Cloud Security Engineer at CyberOne. He possesses nearly a decade of experience in the industry with titles ranging from Network Engineer, Infrastructure Administrator to Consultant. Blake holds eight (8) Microsoft certifications, most notably Microsoft Certified Trainer, Azure Security Engineer, and 365 Security Administrator. He is consistently able to leverage practical work experience and professional training to deliver highly effective and secure solutions to customers.