And The Judges Are… II

November 4, 2009

Drum roll please… tonight the Sysadmin of the Year winners will be announced. Yesterday we profiled four of the eight judges. Here are the other four:

-Johnny Long (founder, Hackers for Charity, http://www.hackersforcharity.org/)
-Ryan Russell (author, Stealing the Network)
-Robert Scoble (blogger, http://scobleizer.com)
-Amrit Williams (BigFix CTO and blogger, http://techbuddha.wordpress.com)

Johny Long

Photo from the Baltimore Sun

Long might have the coolest bio in tech. In fact he might have the coolest bio of any person ever. Here it is, hacked from the pages of his hackersforcharity.org:

As a kid, I used to stalk the neighborhood after dark (well, after dusk anyway) like some half-height cyborg ninja version of James Bond. I would hop my fence, slip silently past my neighbor’s snoozing dog and hop onto the roof of their wooden shed, armed only with a pocket full of custom (Lego) spy gear and my electrical-tape-and-dowel-rod “sword”. I would wait on that roof for hours (minutes), pressed flat and listening, tuning my ears to the sound of the night, knowing that my equally silent and skilled enemy was out there somewhere doing the same thing. I imagined we were both competing for the same prize: access to a highly secured and super-secret computer system. Flashing forward fifteen years, very little had changed. I was lying in the dark listening to the night sounds, but I wasn’t on my neighbor’s shed. I was lying under an oil tanker inside an undisclosed military testing facility. The pack on my back held a dizzying array of high-tech gear, designed to slice through the toughest military computer security systems. Squinting against the rain, I could see the “enemy” patrolling in a white Jeep, but he was far from imaginary. His military training and weapons were very real and very deadly. As he passed by, a bright red dot illuminated the ground three inches in front of me. Chris and Jim, the other two members of my Strike Force team were ready. As they emerge from the shadows, I make my move as well. The facility would fall that night. We got in, got access to the network, pilfered their data, and got out undiscovered. The job of a professional hacker is simply amazing. I’ve spent the bulk of my career breaking into networks, bypassing firewalls, slipping past guards, and talking my way into places I didn’t belong ...

Ryan Russell

Ryan has worked in the IT field for over 13 years, focusing on information security for the last seven. He was the lead author of Hack Proofing Your Network, Second Edition, contributing author and technical editor of Stealing The Network: How to Own The Box, and is a frequent technical editor for the Hack Proofing series of books from Syngress. Ryan was also a technical advisor on Snort 2.0 Intrusion Detection. Ryan founded the vuln-dev mailing list, and moderated it for three years under the alias “Blue Boar.” Ryan blogs at http://ryanlrussell.blogspot.com/ and you can follow him on Twitter @ http://twitter.com/ryanlrussell

Robert Scoble

Robert is a blogger, author and a true evangalist for all things tech. Scoble is best known for his blog,Scobleizer, which came to prominence during his tenure as a technical evangelist at Microsoft. He currently works for Rackspace and is building a community for people fanatical about the Internet called Building 43. He previously worked for Fast Company as a video blogger. He is also the co-author of Naked Conversations: How Blogs are Changing the Way Businesses Talk with Customers with Shel Israel.

Amrit Williams

Amrit is Chief Technology Officer at BigFix. He has held a variety of engineering, management and consulting positions prior to joining BigFix. Most recently, Williams was a research director in the Information Security and Risk Research Practice at Gartner, Inc. Previously, Williams was a director of engineering for nCircle Network Security, and undertook leadership positions at Consilient Inc., Network Associates, and McAfee Associates. Amrit blogs at TechBuddha, tweets at @amrittsering and just posted his 6oth podcast to his series Beyond the Perimeter. ALL are very much worth checking out.


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