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SMB Insider Threat: Don't Hire A Hacker
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Jeffro Nunyas
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7/20/2013 | 4:41:52 AM
re: SMB Insider Threat: Don't Hire A Hacker
Ok Doug

I think we need to recognize one very important fact. Edward Snowden is NOT a hacker. He got a job that gave him easy access to some information. If he were a true hacker, he wouldn't have needed to get a job to get the information.

Stop glorifying that traitor just because he took a class or two for learning ethical hacking techniques. He is or was just a glorified analyst with specific tasks assigned to him per the job title he was hired as.

He stole the information, then he leaked it. He's nothing but a common thief.
edannert
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7/22/2013 | 11:53:19 AM
re: SMB Insider Threat: Don't Hire A Hacker
I guess if you call Snowden a traitor and common thief I would call the NSA/US Government the obnoxious bully in the school yard... And yes, someone has to call out the antisocial behaviour of bullys. The question here is who violated what law, but despite that fact I agree that Snowden is definitely not a good example for an insider threat, because no ethical rules apply here anyway...
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7/26/2013 | 12:15:46 AM
re: SMB Insider Threat: Don't Hire A Hacker
Agreed - Snowden is not a hacker. I did not call Snowden a hacker; I called Snowden a 'trusted insider' - we should be able to agree on that.

Regarding the use of the term 'hacker' in the headline and in the article, I realize my use of the term (e.g., skilled but untrustworthy) does not agree with the technical communities use of the term (e.g.,skilled and clever tinkerer). While I appreciate the audience, the article is written for the management of SMBs and thus I use the term as they would likely interpret it.
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8/19/2013 | 11:44:58 PM
re: SMB Insider Threat: Don't Hire A Hacker
I am a Certified Ethical Hacker charlestendell.com and I honestly think that any organization that is going to hire a true hacker should have strong controls in place to protect against anything they may encounter. I also think that organizations who hire an actual hacker are going to be better protected from malicious hackers in the long run. You have to be a hacker to catch a hacker.

Being afraid of the trusted insider shouldn't be solely focused on the hacker. What about the accountant? The marketing manager or the under paid security guard?
Business have to do business and that means hiring employees. Screenings are irrelevant, a good measure, but no amount of screening is going to protect you from an insider threat. Lets look at Snowden, to work for the NSA in any capacity you have to go through months and several different levels of screening. Polygraph, Multi spectrum background and criminal investigation. They will go and talk to your 3rd grade teacher if necessary. The bottom line, screenings didn't help there and being a hacker should not disqualify anyone.

And personally, he is not a traitor. He may not have responsibly disclosed the information he had but it is a good thing that he released it. People should not fear their government, governments should fear its people.
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