Quick Q&A with Calum:
What's typical day like?
It varies, some days I’ll be performing penetration tests for clients, other days I’ll be working with the dev team to design and implement new features for our online portal.
What have you been working on mostly since joining OnSecurity?
Aside from various web application penetration tests, I have been working with Tom and Dave to design and implement our new scoping and invoice estimation tool which allows clients to get instant quotes for penetration tests. Additionally, I’ve been completely re-implementing OnSecurity’s API.
What are you most excited about in the coming months?
The new office opening in Bristol will be really cool hub for our pentesters and devs. I’m definitely a bit apprehensive about moving down to start a new life, but I’d say excitement is the underlying emotion there. In the short term, we have some phishing campaigns coming up which are always fun.
How would you describe your job to a child?
I make things, and I break things.
What’s the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
I once spent a summer fundraising door-to-door for Cancer Research. It was a real eye opener, to see how those with less tended to be the ones that gave more.
What are 3 words to describe OnSecurity?
What’s your number 1 security tip?
When developers are designing security controls, they should operate under the assumption that everything has been compromised. This means building in layers of security from the start.
If your house was burning down, what’s the one non-living thing you would save?
My computer, or my guitar, depends how bad the fire is.
What’s your guilty pleasure?
‘Separate ways’ by Journey – The video alone is a priceless work of 80’s art.
What popular quote to you hate?
“Perfect is the enemy of good” - I largely agree, but too often it’s used to justify mediocrity.
What will finally break the internet?
Probably BGP hijacking or a botnet of Internet-of-things toasters, certainly not Kim Kardashian - sorry Kim.
What’s the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?
Excessive worrying is counterproductive. Your experience is subjective and perspective is everything.
I can naturally perform Kechari Mudra (Google it)