After the radio station SWR3 and the Sat1 news program 17:30 had already invited our founder and CEO Tim as an expert on the hacking attack on the state administration of the Rhein-Pfalz district, the Landesschau Rheinland-Pfalz now shows insights into the work of the "ethical hackers" - or Whitehats - at ProSec.
In the post, Tim and Co-Founder Immanuel talk about our mission, their personal motivations, and why companies and government agencies shouldn't take hacking incidents for granted.
At the beginning of the article, Tim tells of a formative personal experience that makes the urgency of our mission clear: When his wife was ill with cancer, a treatment once could not be carried out as planned because the hospital in question had just been hacked. What Tim found most shocking was the matter-of-factness with which the attending physician accepted this incident.
As a result, Tim whitehatted his way into the hospital WLAN and left a message for the CEO: You can also do IT security right and actively protect yourself from such hacking attacks. This is where our mission comes from, which Immanuel sums up in a nutshell:
We use attackers' methods and technologies to do something good and save lives.
We cannot achieve our vision of a secure digital world alone. That's why an important part of our daily work is to share our knowledge and empower companies and government agencies to take action themselves in the fight against cybercrime.
Because Tim makes it clear: "Anyone can learn this!" Hacking and IT security are not witchcraft. With the right partner at their side, every company and administration can set up and secure their own IT systems properly. Even the simplest things, such as the right password policy, can often help: passwords should be as complex as possible and one password should not be used for all accounts and services.
An important step for Tim is to improve training in the area of IT security away from the large certification landscape. We are working on this, for example, through our collaboration with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce and our training courses. At the same time, we are removing formal hurdles wherever possible on the way to our industry in order to open up opportunities for career changers with the right motivation.
Despite all the seriousness and urgency of the topic, it becomes clear in the article that one thing is never neglected at ProSec: a large portion of passion and joy in the work. Immanuel and Tim are amused to note that their collaboration is "like a marriage" and a true partnership.
There is a place in our ProSec family for anyone who is passionate about IT security, retains the joy of learning, and supports us in bringing that enthusiasm and our knowledge to our customers. Because only when a true collaboration with our customers is created, does it move us forward in our mission.
In the video report about ProSec in the Landesschau Rhineland-Palatinate you can take a look at our daily work and also get information about the latest hacking incidents in Rhineland-Palatinate: