Sam Bocetta

Sam Bocetta is a former security analyst for the DoD, having spent 30+ years bolstering Cyber defenses for the Navy. He is now semi-retired, and educates the public about security and privacy technology.

Much of my work involved penetration testing Navy ballistic systems. I analyzed our networks looking for entry points, then created security-vulnerability assessments based on my findings. Further, I helped plan, manage, and execute sophisticated "ethical" hacking exercises to identify vulnerabilities and reduce the risk posture of enterprise systems used by the Navy (both on land and at sea). The bulk of my work focused on identifying and preventing application and network threats, lowering attack vector areas, removing vulnerabilities and general reporting. Based on my work, I was able to identify weak points and create new strategies which bolstered our networks against a range of cyber threats.

I worked in close partnership with architects and developers to identify mitigating controls for vulnerabilities identified across applications and performed security assessments to emulate the tactics, techniques, and procedures of a variety of threats.

I have working proficiency with: C/C++/Python, Linux/Kali Linux, Bash, Metasploit, Armitage, Fuzzer/Fuzzing Framework, vulnerability detection and exploit crafting, virtual machines, reverse engineering principles, strong familiarity with TCP/IP/packet capture, Nessues/ACAS, and NMAP.

The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Sam Bocetta and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.

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Australia and Huawei: Why the ban?

National security questions have resulted in mega smartphone manufacturer Huawei being banned by the Australian government from participating in the that nation’s 5G network rollout.

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China owns half of all VPN services

With VPN use on the rise, a surprising study reveals that half of these services are owned by China, not exactly lauded as a protector of personal privacy.

The federal privacy bill: Intel gets the ball rolling

The federal privacy bill: Intel gets the ball rolling

As momentum builds to pass a federal privacy bill, corporate behemoth Intel has drafted a bill palatable to tech giants. But will politicians take the bait?

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