An IT Security Expert Talks about “Anti-Hacking”

Kirit Sankar Gupta #TalkbackTuesday

1. For the readers, who are you, what do you do, and what is your current side project?

Hi, my name’s Kirit Sankar Gupta. I am an “anti-hacker” of sorts, which I provide as a service via my company (based out of Kolkata), Indian School of Anti Hacking. In addition, I’m also currently engaged with Intel and leading their Indian Pentesting Team.

At a Glance: Kirit runs an ethical hacking company and works with Intel. All his projects revolve around improving IT security.

2. What kind of security risks does open-source code have? What excites you about the prospect of improving this code, and what drew you to “anti-hacking” in the first place?

I’ll start with the last question first to maintain chronological order. Hacking was something that interested me ever since school. I still remember the time when our labs had protected administrator accounts. We were given limited permission accounts and [I remember] the sense of achievement I got by being able to bypass them.

On a personal note, Kirit and I are childhood friends, and I’m very proud of everything he has done and is doing (Ignore the poor Instagram edits).

3. Tell me about Indian School of Anti Hacking. What services do you provide, and what inspired you to name it like it is? What do you personally think is its biggest strength?

ISOAH provides two kinds of services: Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing (VAPT) and Training.

ISOAH provides a range of services. Click the image to go to their website!
ISOAH conducts training sessions where it matters, like the Kolkata Police Cyber Lab.

At a Glance: ISOAH provides security testing and training to companies, as well as a training option for college students. They call themselves anti-hackers because people don’t understand how hacking can be ethical. Their primary goal is awareness and appreciation of security.

4. Fantastic. So if you had to give a crash course on Ethical Hacking, what are the three things you would focus on the most?

How networks work (and break), coding (from C to Java / Python / PHP) and their associated flaws and finally how Operating Systems work (and break, once again).

5. Great. Finally, what can you leave the audience with? What should they explore next?

This question makes me wonder how many readers were actually aware that the underlying security issues that I mentioned earlier exist and are possible. Maybe something we can look at in the comments.

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