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    Originally posted here by Maestr0
    "There are people who don't accept, who aren't obedient. They are weeded out, they're driving taxi cabs, they're behavior problems. The long-term effect of this is to reward and foster subordination; it begins in kindergarten and goes all the way through your professional or other career. If you challenge authority, you get in one or another kind of trouble. Again, it's not 100 percent the case, and there are some areas of life were it's dramatically not the case, but on average and overwhelmingly in the outcomes, it holds."
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    Excellent counterpoint. I like it.
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    You can't be a painter before you pick up the brush. I pulled that out of my ass but it works for this one.
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    Originally posted here by zencoder
    Excellent counterpoint. I like it.
    Perhaps you should read some of his books? You should be able to find them. If you like Punk Rock you should have no problem reading and understanding this guy.
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    Perhaps start them out lower with very little access and make them work their way up?Maybe by creating a policy that would involve more than one person part of the decision taking at every level?Or would that decrease inefficiency?
    this is not what the question was asking though, it is asking about hiring a hacker to do pentesting, which means they come in "hack" your system and give you results. You dont have the time to earn trust. It has to be there right off the bat, and you have to feel that at the end of the day, when there job is done they will "forget" all the information they learned and never use it against you.

    If you were looking for a long term thing, then yes there experience would be a huge asset, and then you can work with the theory that if paid enough, people wont steal (generally). And yes you could work to gian trust with them, and start them with low access and all that stuff. but in a security audit, and pen testing project its a very short period of time.
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    If you owned a business or a house, who would YOU want to show you the ways someone could break in, the police or a theif?
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    who would YOU want to show you the ways someone could break in, the police or a theif?
    Round here, the Police are the ones to show you the ways to secure the property.
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    Id perfer the police, becasue the chance of them comming back knowing the vulnerabilities and trying to break in a far lower. Then again...where i am from a good number of police are the thiefs, so... Ill buy a shotgun instead.


    But I find the nature of this comparison flawed. Breaking into a house and breaking into a network are far different. you NEED physical access to get to a house. A hacker can take apart your network from across the glode, much lower chance of getting caught, much easier to avoid punishment if caught. I have police patroling the area I live, I have neighbors, I have random people walking by at all hours of the night (very popular jogging/walking/ biking path) so there is a HUGE difference in the two scenarios.
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    ONCE AGIAN! Some of you seem to be a bit confused as to what a consultant actually does... their job is to give a second opinion, to overlook what is in development, and to give estimate of a cost effective solution. This is what a consultant does, security or otherwise. I don't know of anyone who gets paid to sit on their asses and play around with a vulnerability scanner or to "hax t3h pL4n3t"... get serious and after that you might wanna go get bent a few times.

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    If you owned a business or a house, who would YOU want to show you the ways someone could break in, the police or a theif?
    The theif, without question. I would want the person with the knowhow of how to break in, etc show me how they do it. Thus afterwards I can learn how to counteract it or learn to secure myself. I'd much rather have the theif show me his practiced methods than the police telling me what he learned in his little training video.
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    If you owned a business or a house, who would YOU want to show you the ways someone could break in, the police or a theif?
    The thief obviously, the police have to catch thieves thus the thief is always expanding his expertise in his area meaning he has to stay one step ahead of the pursuer. That works both ways but I think the thief has the edge and I think that may well apply to this situation. One step behind.

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