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Interview: Cyber Security Expert Michael Fisher

January 11, 2018

What first sparked your interest in technology?

I think I was 5 years old and my grandfather brought over a 386 computer for us to have. Watching him navigate through DOS and use Auto-menu is what sparked my interest. Technology is something that has been a passion for the majority of my life and one thing that has become a significant part of who I am today.

What is your specialty?

My boss tells me that I can “master” anything he throws at me, given the time. I’m fairly broad when it comes to skill sets, hypervisors, networking and cyber security are probably my speciality.

What cyber security trends do you predict for 2018?

I believe we will see a growth in data breaches due to ransomware, more DDoS attacks with IoT devices and a larger sense of urgency in the field to mitigate these issues. Cyber Insurance will grow, third party penetration testing and audits will be more common.

Out of all of your projects, which are you the most proud of? Why?

Projects are what I do in my professional career and in my free time. There isn’t just one that I’m satisfied about but I guess you can say that one of my favorite ones was building up the infrastructure for my work place.

What are your professional goals?

I’m steering in the direction of cyber security and networking, currently. I do like to tinker with all kinds of technology, they are all like new toys for me.

What is the biggest challenge you have faced and what did you do to over come it?

Probably a Microsoft Exchange domain consolidation or SQL. To overcome the challenge it was just a lot of time consuming reading and learning from mistakes.

What advice can you give to web developers who are looking to make their sites more secure?

Follow OWASP standards and have oversight from a project manager who is specialized with cyber security, perform routine third party audits and regularly check for vulnerabilities.

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