Interview with Brent Huston: Meet “Paul,” An Attacker — Up Close and Personal

Many organizations we talk to still vastly underestimate the capability of the threat. They still think of the attackers and the hackers as folks who are trying to use canned exploits or use the latest version of metasploits to pop a bunch of boxes — that’s just frankly not true. “Paul” is proficient in eight different coding languages. [He’s skilled and learning.] That needs to become the mindset of the defender. – Brent Huston, CEO and Security Evangelist, MicroSolved, Inc.

What would you do if you met an attacker online? Give him a piece of your mind? Or dig a little deeper to find out what motivates him and how he operates? In this special interview, Brent Huston discusses a recent incident where he had such an opportunity.  In this fascinating conversation, Brent described how he met Paul and his attitude toward meeting another “up and coming” hacker. Take a listen! Discussion questions include:

  • How Brent tracked Paul down
  • What was Paul’s attitude toward Brent and his questions
  • A little about Paul and his skills
  • What does Paul use his compromised systems for?
  • What lessons can organizations draw from this encounter?

Interview Participants:
Brent Huston, CEO, Founder, and Security Evangelist
Mary Rose Maguire, Marketing Communication Specialist and moderator

Click the embedded player to listen. Or click this link to access downloads. Stay safe!