Coalfire pen testers Gary DeMercurio and Justin Wynn were arrested last September as they assessed the physical security of the Dallas County Courthouse in Iowa. (Stephen Matthew Milligan)

Prosecutors dropped felony criminal charges against a pair of ethical pen testers arrested while assessing the security of an Iowa courthouse. But the the two men are not ready move on just yet.

Coalfire employees Gary DeMercurio, managing senior, and Justin Wynn, senior security consultant, lobbied Wednesday at the virtual Black Hat conference for a Good Samaritan law that would protect their industry peers from the kind of overzealous prosecution they say they experienced for roughly five months, after a local sheriff had them arrested on Sept. 11, 2019 for alleged third-degree burglary. The two men picked a lock on the door of the Dallas County Courthouse in Iowa and entered the facility, triggering an alarm.

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