The Role of Automation in Pen Testing – Bob Erdman – ESW #269

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With cybersecurity attacks continually on the rise, security teams are under more pressure than ever. It’s imperative to use your pen testing resources wisely, leveraging automation capabilities where it makes sense to save time and help conduct more impactful engagements. During this interview, Bob Erdman will discuss how to find the right balance between the reliability and efficiency of pen testing automation with the astuteness and logic of human intervention.

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The Role of Automation in Pen Testing


Bob Erdman

Bob Erdman – Director of Development at HelpSystems


Bob Erdman is the Director of Development for a number of HelpSystems’ cybersecurity solutions, having worked closely with the Core Security, Cobalt Strike, Digital Defense and Beyond Security products. With more than 25 years of experience in information technology, he has worked with global customers across the government, healthcare, financial, and military industries to help implement mission-critical technology. Bob is also a veteran of the United States Army National Guard and a current member of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation’s InfraGard Cyber Health Working Group.


Adrian Sanabria

Adrian Sanabria – Director of Product Management at Tenchi Security


Adrian is an outspoken researcher that doesn’t shy away from uncomfortable truths. He loves to write about the security industry, tell stories, and still sees the glass as half full.

Katie Teitler

Katie Teitler – Sr. Product Marketing Manager at Axonius


Katie Teitler is a cybersecurity content creator. In her current role with Axonius, she is part of the product marketing team, helping audiences understand the value proposition of cyber asset management as it pertains to risk reduction. In past roles, Katie was an industry analyst, research director, content marketer, and freelance author, and managed content and speakers for InfoSec World, now a flagship offering of the Cyber Risk Alliance.


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