Rarely does anyone tell you to watch TV to learn anymore, but, this month, I would highly recommend watching USA Network’s “Mr. Robot.” The show follows a young programmer who works in cybersecurity by day and is a vigilante hacker by night. “Mr. Robot” does an excellent job of showing how business and personal information is compromised.
An important note is that there are people who have devoted their careers to being ethical hackers. These people have the knowledge and tools to perform many of the tasks depicted on this fictional television show for evil, but instead work behind the scenes at businesses to ensure our data is safe and to help find bad guys trying to hide in a digital world.
So what can actually be learned about security from characters who are trying to destroy a large corporation via hacking?