3Paul Brager

“As you can imagine, the best way to get a red team job is to first understand what it is that you want to do and then build a technical skill set and foundation to align with what that type of role would entail.”

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Twitter: @ProfBrager

Regarded as a thought leader and expert in the cybersecurity community for more than 25 years, Paul has deep expertise evaluating, securing, and defending critical infrastructure and manufacturing assets (ICS, IoT, and IIoT). An avid speaker and researcher, Paul seeks to move the conversation forward surrounding ICS cyber and managing the threat surface.

He has provided commentary on several security-related podcasts, publications, and webinars that provided guidance and insight into strategies for critical infrastructure and manufacturing cyber defense. Paul has a passion for mentoring and guiding people of color who are aspiring to contribute to the advancement of the industry and promoting diversity within the cyber community.

How did you get your start on a red team?

My red team beginnings (much like most experiences in this space) came about from necessity. Company leadership fired a “legacy” employee who was using a Windows 95 desktop with local accounts (yes, Windows 95). At the time, it wasn’t uncommon for workstations to not be part of a domain (Windows domains weren’t terribly common in the mid-’90s), but there also weren’t ...

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