As deputy director of information services for the city of Simi Valley, Garry Boswell regularly protects the city’s networks from hackers. But Boswell, along with other information technology professionals and enthusiasts of all levels, recently had a chance to reverse roles — playing the role of a hacker to get into and sabotage a fictitious hospital’s information system. It was part of a computer-oriented Red vs. Blue Team event held at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks and sponsored by the nonprofit Information System Security Association Ventura County Chapter. The primary goal of the event was to teach IT and information security professionals “how to attack their own systems before attackers do” and learn some valuable lessons in the process. The chapter partnered with Core Security at the event, providing participants with laptop computers loaded with Core’s flagship intrusion testing software called Core Impact, which assesses and tests security vulnerabilities in an organization. Palo Alto Networks provided its next-generation firewalls to help run the event and had an engineer on hand in an adjacent room to show participants what attacks look like in real time and how the company can help manage those threats. Stephen Maiorca, president of the chapter, […]
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