“War stories”? Sounds a bit dramatic, but the life of a Pen Tester is spent on the frontline of an ongoing conflict between individuals and organisations, and an army of hackers seeking to scam or undermine them. And just as in any war, the ‘intelligence’ services play a huge role in protecting good people from bad outcomes; work that takes place mainly in the shadows.
I wrote this original article in September 2015 when I was relatively new to the cyber security world. When I came across the article a few weeks ago I thought it would be an interesting exercise to see how this has played out and changed over the last five years.