I See Your Dirty Laundry And Its Okay

Some people get really worried if a complete stranger sees their dirty laundry. In order to hide their “secrets” they will air their dirty laundy in a dark basement. The problem is the laundry is still dirty, kids are sleeping in dirty sheets, all because you are ashamed.


An excuse some will use not to have a penetration test is, “Our data is too sensitive for you to ever have access to, so you just need to do an audit”. Even better, “Our systems cannot go down, so just do a portscan”. Wow, this is just an amazing security fail! If you don’t trust an outsider, and lets face it, some organizations just can’t, then develop an internal pen test team and program. This is not an excuse not to have a penetration test, its a reason to create your own team! In addition to your own team, consider expanding the scope for external testers. This is something that you’ve heard so many professional penetration testers saying, and its time to start listening and sleeping in clean sheets.
Paul Asadoorian
Security Weekly Enterprises

Paul Asadoorian

Paul Asadoorian is currently the Principal Security Evangelist for Eclypsium, focused on firmware and supply chain security awareness. Paul’s passion for firmware security extends back many years to the WRT54G hacking days and reverse engineering firmware on IoT devices for fun. Paul and his long-time podcast co-host Larry Pesce co-authored the book “WRTG54G Ultimate Hacking” in 2007, which fueled the firmware hacking fire even more. Paul has worked in technology and information security for over 20 years, holding various security and engineering roles in a lottery company, university, ISP, independent penetration tester, and security product companies such as Tenable. In 2005 Paul founded Security Weekly, a weekly podcast dedicated to hacking and information security. In 2020 Security Weekly was acquired by the Cyberrisk Alliance. Paul is still the host of one of the longest-running security podcasts, Paul’s Security Weekly, he enjoys coding in Python & telling everyone he uses Linux.

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