59Khalil Sehnaoui

“Now there are a lot of myths that need debunking in InfoSec, but if I were to choose just one, it would be that using vendor products (antivirus, firewalls, gateways, etc.) to protect yourself, or your organization, is enough.”

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Khalil Sehnaoui is a Belgian-Lebanese information security consultant and hacker who specializes in the Middle East. He’s also the founder of Krypton Security, an InfoSec firm that helps test companies’ security strengths, weaknesses, and loopholes. Khalil is a member of the Chaos Computer Club (CCC), Europe’s largest association of hackers, and was featured in The Guardian’s video series The Power of Privacy, as well as on National Geographic in the series Breakthrough, Season 2 Episode 2, “Cyber Terror.”

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

For all intents and purposes, let’s first agree to stop using the word cyber. It holds no real meaning anymore and has been overused by the media, trying to make the internet sound scary and basically trying to wrap a complex system into a single word rather than really trying to understand it. In this particular case, we will be talking about information security, or InfoSec for short.

Now there are a lot of myths that need debunking in InfoSec, but if I were to choose just one, it would be that using vendor products (antivirus, ...

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