Chloe Messdaghi, VP of Strategy at Point3, advocate and activist joins the show to explain common misconceptions about the hacking community and how we can do better to combat those stigmas. She also unpacks the diversity challenges specifically in the infosec industry.

The following is an edited excerpt from a recent episode of Tripwire’s Cybersecurity Podcast.

Tim Erlin: Welcome everyone to the Tripwire Cybersecurity Podcast. I’m Tim Erlin, vice president of product management at Tripwire. Today, I am joined by Chloe Messdaghi, who is a security activist, practitioner and advocate. We’ve got a couple of different topics to talk through with Chloe. I thought we might start with the representation of security researchers in the media. So, what does the media get wrong with its representation of security researchers?

Chloe Messdaghi: In general, what we’ve seen in the media is that they confuse attackers with hackers. The hacker is there to try to prevent such instances that attackers cause. In other words, the intent is very different. They use the exact same skillset to find vulnerabilities.

The thing is is that most of the media does not know that there’s two separate parties because usually when they report about any situations of like a breach, malware or ransomware, they use the term “hacker” instead of an “attacker.” And this is just has been an ongoing situation, right? Because the public perception of the hacker community is that we are criminals. And so it’s something that we’re trying to change.

TE: We’ve used the term “the media” here, and I just want to pull it out a little bit. Where does this representation occur? Because the media (Read more...)