From Digital Delinquent to Government Hacker with Author, Entrepreneur, and Cybersecurity Influencer Alissa Knight

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In this episode, author, hacker, entrepreneur, and content creator Alissa Knight reveals her journey from “bullied computer nerd” to federal cybersecurity contractor to famed car hacker. She gets real about the risk of APIs, offers up some must-hear advice for anyone getting into cybersecurity, and delivers candid views about the infosec industry as a whole.

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Why you should listen:

* Get inside the head of one of the most provocative and interesting cybersecurity influencers today.

* Hear about her work with federal agencies to help secure the future of transportation.

* Learn more about the urgent need for better Application Programming Interface (API) security.

* Get new insights into the growing threat to health care organizations and financial institutions.

* Hear Alissa’s take on how cybersecurity companies can improve their approach to content and marketing.

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Key Quotes:

* “I care more about the adversary that can hack my car from her living room. I care more about the hacker that can take remote control of my car that I'm driving around in my family with, from anywhere.”

* “Okay. Yes. I can take remote control of this vehicle. I can move the steering wheel. I can push the brakes.”

* “You would be shocked if I told you how endemic [it is in] the industry to hard-code not only tokens, keys, and credentials like usernames and passwords and to apps for their own APIs, but also third-party APIs like payment processors.”

* “The plumbing for our entire financial system and healthcare system is APIs...that data is worth more than oil, right? So hackers are shifting their attention to hacking APIs.”

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Related Links:

* Alissa Knight’s Twitter: @alissaknight

* Knight Ink Media: ​​https://knightinkmedia.com/

* Alissa Knight’s Website: https://www.alissaknight.com/

* Official Trailer: Law Enforcement Vehicle Hack: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Soj3P3S3i_o

* Synack Website: Synack.com

* Synack Trust Report: https://www.synack.com/trust-report/

* Jeremiah Roe’s Twitter: ​​@c1ph3rflux

* Bella DeShantz-Cook’s Twitter: @bellarosedc

* Black Hat Events: https://go.synack.com/black-hat-events-2021

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