It Takes A Hacker To Catch One

    Date14 Nov 2005
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    Posted ByBrittany Day
    Information technology professionals have been conditioned to think defensively, draping their networks with sensor-studded barbed wire and using firewalls to lock down doors and windows. Another school of thought advocates a more proactive approach to security.

    New York IT consulting and job-placement firm Prime View recently held its first "Hacking-Defined Training" course, aimed at retraining laid-off IT workers in relevant and marketable skills, security being top of the list. The 10-day course goes beyond security technologies and principles, teaching students to write exploit code and hack each other's computers.

    Prime View's weapon is Mati Aharoni, lead penetration tester with Israeli IT-security education firm See Security Technologies Ltd. Aharoni has students take a hands-on approach to learning security. "Technology itself will not stop a hacker," says Aharoni, who wears a black T-shirt with white lettering that reads, "Not Even Norton Will Protect You." "Instead," he says, "you have to use induction to understand what it takes to secure a network."

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