Cyber security firm owner creates Hacker Academy

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Cyber security firm owner creates Hacker Academy

Steve Barone, the owner and CEO of CBI, got his start in business selling Atari and Commodore home computers in an East Detroit shop in the 1980s. The native Detroiter dropped out of Wayne State University, but found a job he enjoyed and paid the bills. He also sold PCs for ITT Courier, and later, decided to started his own firm, Creative Breakthroughs Inc., which now specializes in information technology and goes by the initials CBI. This year, the company moved its headquarters from Ferndale to Detroit. “Computer security is a very real issue today,” Barone, 51, said. “I got a text this morning from a third party that made it sound like my bank account had been actioned from somewhere. I isolated the link, put it on a separate laptop, opened it up in a protected browser, and found out it was a hacking attempt.” CBI — which has about 100 employees and expects sales of $52 million this year — also offers workers and companies opportunities to learn new information technology skills and test their security in what Barone has playfully named the Cyber Range and the Hacking Academy. In the next few years, he said, he aims to take the company public. Barone — whose name is pronounced with the long e at the […]

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