What Does It Mean To Be A Hacker? – PSW #635

This is the Hacker Culture Roundtable discussion from the Security Weekly Christmas podcast marathon and features almost all of our hosts and special guests.

Hacking is a term used to describe the activity of modifying a product or procedure to alter its normal function, or to fix a problem. The term purportedly originated in the 1960s, when it was used to describe the activities of certain MIT model train enthusiasts who modified the operation of their model trains. They discovered ways to change certain functions without re-engineering the entire device. These curious individuals went on to work with early computer systems where they applied their curiosity and resourcefulness to learning and changing the computer code that was used in early programs. To the general public, a “hack” became known as a clever way to fix a problem with a product, or an easy way to improve its function.

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What Does It Mean To Be A Hacker?

Hosts

April Wright
April Wright – Preventative Security Specialist
Doug White
Doug White – Professor
Jason Albuquerque
Jason Albuquerque – CIO & CSO
Jeff Man
Jeff Man – Sr. InfoSec Consultant
Joff Thyer
Joff Thyer – Security Analyst
Larry Pesce
Larry Pesce – Senior Managing Consultant and Director of Research
Lee Neely
Lee Neely – Senior Cyber Analyst
Matt Alderman
Matt Alderman – CEO
Patrick Laverty
Patrick Laverty – Security Consultant
Paul Asadoorian
Paul Asadoorian – Founder & CTO
Tyler Robinson
Tyler Robinson – Managing Director of Network Operations

Guests

Bill Swearingen
Bill Swearingen – Cyber Strategist
Trent Lo
Trent Lo – Cyber Security Principal

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