It’s Easier than you Think!
You’re sitting on your couch at home, it’s 8:00 on a Saturday night and one of your interns emails you about a new security vulnerability he just heard about on the latest and greatest podcast. You know that this new vulnerability is going to be the first thing to come up during the morning water cooler talk Monday morning. It’s time for you, the great server admin, to take flight and protect your kin!
If you’re in the Department of Defense supply chain, you’ve become familiar with DFARS and the corresponding NIST SP 800-171 r1 over the last few years. It is a list of 110 controls that you need to be compliant with in order to continue supplying certain contracts.
Imagine for a moment your favorite spy movie, maybe a James Bond movie for example. It’s cast of characters likely consists of five or so core archetypical personas. In this cast you likely have a cunning spy, a love interest, the shrouded head of the spy agency, the maniacal bad guy, and a clever hacker sitting in the background. Swooping in seemingly at a moment’s notice to disarm a security system or provide intel about a target’s movements, the hacker always seems to be a mysterious figure with deus ex machina powers. In the following article, we’ll dive into this archetypical figure, breaking down the driving factors behind hacking and the overall ideas behind what makes a hacker ‘tick’.