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What I Learned About Cybersecurity by Training With US Navy SEALs - Matthew Curtin BSides Columbus Ohio 2017 (Hacking Illustrated Series InfoSec Tutorial Videos)

What I Learned About Cybersecurity by Training With US Navy SEALs
Matthew Curtin
BSides Columbus Ohio 2017

Development of our profession has long been too heavily focused on installation and operation of tools, at the expense of developing skills like teamwork, mission focus, and overcoming obstacles. Looking to enhance these skills critical to success, I trained in June and July 2016 with Navy SEALs at the Extreme SEAL Experience, graduating the SEAL Advanced and Advanced Operator Training courses. In addition to intense physical training, coursework included downproofing, combat swimming, close-quarters combat, land warfare, riverine navigation, and conducting clandestine operations. We consider skills necessary for success in cybersecurity, and draw lessons in how to develop the by abstracting from intense training in military skills.

C. Matthew Curtin is a computer scientist and cybersecurity expert. He leads Interhack's professional practice, addressing matters such as data breaches, intellectual property protection, computer crime, and use of data in litigation. Curtin has been engaged in criminal, civil, administrative, and military processes for both those bringing and defending actions, as well as for the court directly. His opinion has been accepted by federal and state courts throughout the country in hearings, trials, and in appeals. In 1997 he helped to lead the DESCHALL project to defeat the U.S. Government Data Encryption Standard (DES) for the first time in open research using exhaustive key search. His book *Brute Force: Cracking the Data Encryption Standard* (Copernicus Books, 2005) tells the inside story of the effort and how it led to a change in policy regarding strong cryptography. Curtin has held an academic post as Senior Lecturer at The Ohio State University's Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and has guest lectured for the Privacy Foundation at the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law, Otterbein College, Franklin University, the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University, and the Fisher College of Business at The Ohio State University.


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