41Georgia Weidman

“Asset management is something we as an industry don’t have down pat yet.”

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Georgia Weidman is a serial entrepreneur, penetration tester, security researcher, speaker, trainer, and author. Her work in the field of smartphone exploitation has been featured internationally in print and on television. Georgia has presented or conducted training around the world, including at venues such as the NSA, West Point, and Black Hat. She was awarded a DARPA Cyber Fast Track grant to continue her work in mobile device security and is a Cybersecurity Policy Fellow at New America. Georgia is also the author of Penetration Testing: A Hands-On Introduction to Hacking from No Starch Press.

How did you get your start on a red team?

In college I competed in the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition. As part of the competition there was a red team whose job was seemingly just to make the students cry and vomit. By the end of the competition I knew I wanted to do what they did!

From there I started doing research, giving talks, and conducting training classes at security conferences and meetups. That eventually got me in front of the right people to get opportunities to participate in red team engagements.

What is the best way to get a red team job?

Unfortunately, for people like me who look for the nearest dustbin to dive into whenever I’m ...

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