“These People Aren’t Muppets” – As OT Vulnerabilities Rise Up the Security Agenda, Do Infosec Professionals Need to Learn a Little Humility?


“I was through their firewall. We had compromised a bank. Over the internet, through the firewall, boom: there we sat on a machine inside their network. I remember the absolute euphoria of it – and the arrogance with which I walked into the briefing meeting”.

Charl van der Walt is reminiscing with Computer Business Review about a penetration testing engagement, very early in his career, as we discuss the challenges of securing Operational Technology (OT) environments, and the memory – “a long time ago, before we had the sophisticated monetisation vectors we have now” – strikes him as a useful

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