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May 12 2010   2:48PM GMT

Follow Twitter “How to become a hacker in 15 minutes”

Troy Tate Profile: Troy Tate

Well, it looks like it might be time for me to join the “twitterpated“. Until now I did not see much value in this additional information source. With regards to Twitter, I tend to agree with President Obama’s recent observation about technology and misinformation overload. Today my perception of the value of Twitter propagated content is challenged by the announcement that Liggatt Security is going to beginning sending tweets to followers about How to be a hacker. As an EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker, I have already been trained to think like a hacker to improve an organization’s security posture. Now Liggatt is offering similar advice using 140 characters to anyone who can receive a Twitter feed.

I agree that information security awareness is a great thing, but how much valuable content can you communicate in such short bursts? Is the information communicated going to make a difference in the ability of a consumer to protect themselves and their systems? Is it going to improve or degrade the ability of information security professionals to do their jobs of protecting assets against threats and reduce risk? Is this similar to all of the medical websites available on the internet, has it improved the health of patients and their ability to speak with doctors?

Your thoughts are welcome. Please share them with me and other ITKE readers. Thanks for reading and let’s continue to be good network citizens.

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