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Security Pro File: Spam-Inspired Journey From Physics To Security
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6/17/2014 | 6:31:25 PM
Handler Team Structure
I'd be curious to know the make-up of the handlers on the team.  Sounds like a dream job, then you see it's volunteer work, similar to those who work in Free and Open Source Software (FOSS).  Perhaps it's just me, but 30 seems like a small number. 

If anyone happens to know what the backgrounds are of some of the volunteers, what they do and how they do it, I'd love to know.  I imagine a variety of folks, from teen hackers to college dropouts, and a smattering of MS and PhD holders who do hardcore research.  I imagine there is data mining and AI tossed onto the traffic looking for patterns and predicting new intrusions based upon that data.

Nice overview; and nice to see yet another person propelled into software and security by GNU/Linux!
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6/17/2014 | 7:48:23 PM
Re: Handler Team Structure
You can see a list of our handlers here:

https://isc.sans.edu/handler_list.html 

Also, to become a handler, check our roadmap:

https://isc.sans.edu/handlerroadmap.html
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RetiredUser,
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6/17/2014 | 9:43:04 PM
Re: Handler Team Structure
@sans_isc

Thanks for the link!  It seems like a solid group of volunteers; I'd encourage more folks to do it.  There's nothing like dedicating time to something without expectation of monetary return, contributing to a long-term good and adding value to the digital experience for the average person.  Kudos. 
Marilyn Cohodas
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6/18/2014 | 10:18:05 AM
Security must have-have
I love your attitude -- "That's probably nothing to worry about."  You must be the voice of calm for your team in this nerve-wracking business! 
Robert McDougal
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6/18/2014 | 12:08:46 PM
Re: Security must have-have
I wish I could reach that level of security zen.  I usually run myself in circles because I "just have to be sure".
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6/18/2014 | 12:53:07 PM
Re: Security must have-have
I should have added: It helps to have a good packet sniffer to be sure that there is nothing to worry about :)
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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6/18/2014 | 1:02:05 PM
Re: Security must have-have
I loved Johannes' comment that what turned him to security was what has turned so many others: getting "hacked" and wanting to get to the bottom of it. 


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