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Security Professionals Get The Best Toys

Do you think penetration testers--the people that companies hire to break into organizations and test their defenses--remain immersed in the pale glow of a stack of monitors listening to techno and mainlining over-caffeinated fruit drinks? I was visiting Steve Stasikounis, CEO of Secure Network Technologies and Dark Reading contributor, last week in his offices, and he couldn't help showing off his latest penetration testing and forensic investigation tools.
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They can beat any firewall, IDS, IPS or authentication system in their way by going old school. The case, which has internal dimensions of 4 feet long, 30 inches wide and 20 inches deep--fits a 5-foot, 9-inch, 180-pound man curled up in a fetal position. The yellow tank provides about 20 minutes of air, and the cushions soften the ride.

The hasps and padlocks on the front are fake. The guys affixed an extra set of reversible hasps on the case (not shown) so they can lock it down when they ship it from location to location. When they put someone inside, they move the hasps to the inside so the person can lock and unlock it. They even added a periscope (next slide).

They used this case on several pen tests to deliver one of their team into the building. Once the dust settles, the employee pops out and continues on with his or her mission. They are going to add vents and whisper fans to the case because after about 10 minutes, it gets really hot inside.


Mike Fratto is a principal analyst at Current Analysis, covering the Enterprise Networking and Data Center Technology markets. Prior to that, Mike was with UBM Tech for 15 years, and served as editor of Network Computing. He was also lead analyst for InformationWeek Analytics ... View Full Bio

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