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Inside the Black Hat network operations center, volunteers work in geek heaven


I've been there. Always a challenge knowing that those you have to provide access to your network and resources are those that are going to continually attack you. At least in my situation they were secondary school kids (so usually less experienced with the craft) and the local demographic had parents who were strict, offering a real deterrent in that their parents might hear of their exploits (pun intended).

Still a nightmare to lock down though, lots of new stuff to learn. The most important thing for me was to simultaneously stop them from breaking/entering, to foster an interest and support their knowledge, and to not provide enough skills for them to get themselves in trouble before they'd properly developed a perception of risk (

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