54Tony Robinson

“I had the skills necessary to apply for the positions, but it was the people I knew who introduced me to the people who were hiring.”

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Tony Robinson is a security professional with expertise in threat intelligence, malware triage, and network security monitoring. Tony is the author of Building Virtual Machine Labs: A Hands-On Guide, as well as a course instructor for an online training course of the same name. Tony has a decade of combined experience in information technology and information security positions. When he’s not working, he can be found traveling with his wife, Rebecca, and two basset hounds, Henry and Sam.

If there is one myth that you could debunk in cybersecurity, what would it be?

There is no such thing as “unhackable.” There is only mitigation of risk, reduction of risk, and acceptance of risk. The only unhackable, 100 percent secure system is the one that is powered off.

What is one of the biggest bang-for-the-buck actions that an organization can take to improve its cybersecurity posture?

Situational awareness. And what I mean by that is proper software and asset inventory management. Companies pay untold amounts of money to large security vendors with solutions that promise to passively collect and index both your asset and software inventory over time, but oftentimes, these solutions are extremely flawed. Keep track ...

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