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October 2008

Interview: Chris Nickerson of TruTV's 'Tiger Team'

Chris Nickerson is your worst nightmare. He's the guy you never see coming, the one who can slip into your data center, install malware on any server he chooses and ease out without so much as a shadow on your security cameras. Nickerson, CEO of Lares Consulting and part of the Tiger Team television series on TruTV, talks about the fun of penetration tests and the risks of outsourcing. Chris Nickerson You get paid to break into companies' buildings and networks. Why is that level of assessment necessary? Everywhere I've worked where I've owned the security program, the biggest problem I've had is getting funding to do security the right way. I've found that the more you showed someone and proved what you could do, they have a total psychosomatic reaction to it. When I can hold their passwords in front of them and I can show them a picture of me in their data center at 2 a.m. when there is nothing on their security cameras, it does the job. How did the Tiger Team TV show come about? I have some friends in the movie business who ...

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