What does a hack look like? If you ask pen testers, they will talk to you about malware, Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) issues and social engineering. They will focus on techniques and tools that make those things happen.

However, if you ask security analysts, they will talk about the same techniques and tools, but from a completely different perspective. They’ll talk about log files, security information and event management (SIEM) read-outs and network visualization.

The discussion is kind of like the parable of the blind men and the elephant: each person describes a different part of the elephant’s body and then concludes what the animal is based on their experience. The cyberworld – like any part of the IT world – can lead to compartmentalized, siloed ways of thinking.

In this next Office Hours with James, he’ll demonstrate an attack from both perspectives. Along the way, he’ll not only talk about techniques and tools from the pen tester/red team perspective, but also from the security analyst/blue team perspective. Join him to learn essential pen testing and security analytics skills, the importance of the red team and the blue team working together and what today’s attacks look like from both perspectives.

James Stanger
Chief Technology Evangelist, CompTIA

Dr. James Stanger is the Chief Technology Evangelist at CompTIA. His wide range of expertise includes certification and certification design, using social media in business, e-learning creation, security, Linux and open source, and Web development. An award-winning author, James has written titles for O’Reilly Media, McGraw-Hill, Prentice-Hall, IBM, Wiley and Elsevier. He has also acted as a security consultant for various entities, including the Association for Corporate Council, Brigham Young University and Security (purchased by McAfee).
Ashok Misra
Experienced in crypto currencies and building bitcoin purchase paths

Mr. Ashok Misra has built e-commerce systems for Amazon.com, Real Networks and Linden Labs. He has considerable experience in cryptocurrencies and particularly in building bitcoin purchase paths. Ashok has been very active in the cryptocurrency space for the past few years as a consultant and an evangelist delivering talks around the world. He is widely regarded as a payment security expert and possesses in-depth knowledge on PCI compliance.
Adam Robyak
Field CTO, Dell EMC

Mr. Adam Robyak is a field chief technology officer (CTO) at Dell EMC. He has more than 17 years of experience in the IT industry, including nine years as CEO of his own consulting firm. Adam is a founding member of the Dell EMC Pathfinder Team, a Dell EMC CTO Ambassador and a founding member of the Blockchain Steering Committee within Dell Technologies. He leads a team focused on business outcomes and leadership within Dell EMC.