HORNE Cyber cautions "Not all cybersecurity professionals are created equal."

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HORNE Cyber’s Wesley McGrew to disclose the common weaknesses of penetration testing that often leave clients exposed at Black Hat USA and DEF CON 2016.

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“Just a few months ago, my team found the back door of a network left open by a previous penetration tester for one of our clients,” explains HORNE Cyber’s Director of Cyber Operations Wesley McGrew.

HORNE Cyber’s Wesley McGrew challenges the status quo of penetration testing by disclosing the common weaknesses of current off-the-shelf tools that train penetration testers but leave clients exposed to major devastation.

According to McGrew, though there are widely available learning materials used to train penetration testers, they often lead to inadequate protection of client data and penetration testing operations. Malicious threat actors are incentivized to attack and compromise penetration testers, and given current practices, can do so easily and with dramatic impact.

“Just a few months ago, my team found the back door of a network left open by a previous penetration tester for one of our clients. Unfortunately, clients think they are taking the necessary steps to protect their data but not all penetration testers are created equal,” explains McGrew.

McGrew will be taking the stage at Black Hat USA on August 3 and DEF CON on August 6. His presentation will include a live demonstration of techniques for hijacking a penetration tester's normal practices, as well as guidance for examining and securing current testing procedures.

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HORNE Cyber, a leader in offense-oriented cybersecurity, focuses on building the cyber-resilience of organizations. HORNE Cyber’s anticipatory approach to cybersecurity uncovers hidden cyber risk and significantly reduces exposure to security threats allowing clients to stay compliant with ever-growing regulations and use technology as a lever for growth. To learn more, visit http://www.hornecyber.com.

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