Engebretson mentioned in Director of NSA’s keynote address

Dr. Pat Engebretson, assistant professor of information assurance at DSU, and his book, The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy, were recently mentioned in a keynote address by the Director of the National Security Agency (NSA).

General Keith B. Alexander, director of the NSA and chief of the Central Security Service (CSS), mentioned Engebretson’ s book in a keynote address on cybersecurity and American power at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. He spoke of working with foreign countries on cybersecurity risks and what we are doing as a nation to address the cybersecurity threat. He stated the use of ethical hacking and penetration testing as way to do this, with the program BackTrack.

“Actually, there is a great book out there by Pat Engebretson on the basics of hacking and penetration testing,” said Gen. Alexander. “The reason I bring this up is we’re looking at this, I’m actually reading this book…”

Gen. Alexander expressed the importance of penetration testing and hacking because we all have to understand the issue of these threats. Engebretson’s book helps readers use BackTrack as a way to test the vulnerability of a machine and then patch those vulnerabilities.

“The book teaches you how to do reconnaissance.”

Gen. Alexander stressed the importance of understanding exactly how the cyber threats are carried out and what the training requirements are to defend against attacks. He also stated that as Americans, we need to understand how to obtain the protection and privacy of civil liberties and cybersecurity together as a nation. Gen. Alexander feels that is not only something that we can do, but something that we must do as a nation.

“The cyber legislation coming up is going to be a vital to the future of our country.”

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Last Updated: 7/18/12