Welcome to my IT blog

My name is Jeff Courteau, and I’ve been in IT for more than 20 years. Back in 1999, I was desiging websites, and started studying in IT at Multihexa College in Quebec City. At first, I had no interest in networking, but I quickly realized I couldn’t do without it. My passion was born!

Overs the past 20 years, I’ve been employed and freelancer for small and large companies, governments and institutions. Now, my knowledge is thriving at LGS, an IBM company based in Quebec City, and I am working on government contracts. One of my roles is so secret, I can’t even talk about it to my 7yo daughter. But for the rest, I just put in place the coolest Cisco ACI network in the province of Quebec, and I am the Cloud computing interconnection expert for all the departments of the government of Quebec.

At LGS, I am also the Technical Director for the Red Hat practice. I have been a free software advocate for the past 10 years. Before that, I was more of a Microsoft infrastructure specialist, but then I discovered Linux CentOS, and there was no turning back. Playing around with the Apache Web Server, MySQL, BeeGFS, PowerDNS, Zabbix, the KVM hypervisor, Exim, Dovecot and more, I quickly became a reference at my workplace in RPM-based Linux (CentOS, RHEL, Alma Linux, Rocky Linux and all). The big consecration came last December when I was promoted to Red Hat Technical Director.

On the side, I love all things cryptographic, and I like to code in PHP. I have developped a few good and cool tools out of the need for them. My latest is what I consider the safest password manager you can find, MySecureVault. The authentication requires you to have a valid certificate, and you are the only owner of the private key that can decrypt the Data Encryption Key (DEK). More on this later, but in the meantime, it can be found at https://mysecurevault.ca. It’s completely free, open source (https://github.com/MySecureVaultCa/MySecureVault), installable on-prem, and anyone can use it. It is far safer than any other online password manager you can find.

So I will post here some stories, walkthrough, articles, videos, interesting stuff I find around about IT and networking. Feel free to contact me, I won’t bite, but I can’t promise I’ll answer.

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