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Re: Fwd: Rate Stratfor's Incident Response
From: Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu
Date: Sat, 07 Jan 2012 19:20:30 -0500
On Sat, 07 Jan 2012 17:37:44 CST, Laurelai said:
Because they pay the kids to own them in a safe manner to show that
It's not as simple as all that. A good pen-tester needs more skills than just
how to pwn a server. You need some business smarts, and you need to be *very*
careful about writing the rules of engagement (some pen tests that involve
physical attacks can literally get you shot at if you screw this part up), and
then *sticking with them* (you find a major social engineering problem while
doing a black-box test of some front-end servers, you better re-negotiate those
rules of engagement before you do anything else). Also, once a pen test
starts, you can't take your time and poke it with the 3 or 4 types of attacks
that you're good at - you have 3 weeks starting at 8AM Monday to hit it with
37 different classes of attacks they're likely to see and another 61 types
of attacks they're not likely to see and aren't expecting. And be prepared to
work any one of those 94 from "looks like might be an issue" to something you
can put in a report and say "You Have A Problem".
Almost no company is stupid enough to hire a pen testing team without that team
posting a good-sized performance bond in case of a screw-up taking out a
server, or a rogue pentester stealing the data. (ESPECIALLY in this case, you
*already* caught them stealing the data once :)
And the kids are going to land a $1M performance bond, how?
(Hint - think this through. Really good pentesters make *really* good bucks.
If those kiddies had what it took to be good pentesters, they'd already be
making bucks as pentesters, not as kiddies)
their so called expertsd are full of shit, then they fire said experts
and hire competent people saving time money and resources, try and
Doesn't scale, because there's not enough competent people out there. There's
140 million .coms, there aren't 140 million security experts out there.
It's not a new idea - I've heard it every year or two since probably before
most of the people on this list were born. The fact that almost no companies
actually *do* it, and that those hackers who have successfully crossed over to
consulting are rare enough that you can name most of them, should tell you
something about how well it ends up working in practice.
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