Last night, GRIMM attended the 3rd Annual DC Timmy Awards. The Timmy Awards recognize and celebrate the technology work culture that actively promote creativity, innovation, and learning in the DC area. GRIMM was named a finalist leading into the event and we’re thrilled to have been ultimately recognized as the First Runner-Up for Best Tech Work Culture! The evening was filled with energy and camaraderie as companies across the region came together to celebrate the innovative leadership embodied by the greater DC tech community.
One of the reasons I chose to come to GRIMM after leaving federal service earlier this year was because of one of the core principles held by the rest of the GRIMM Leadership team. That is the importance of educating the general public on the inherent cybersecurity risks in nearly everything touched on a daily basis, and of enabling future generations of cybersecurity experts, software developers, and computer engineers to solve these security challenges, as well as those of the future.
Within the context of historical cyber breaches, this can be classified as a massive attack: Equifax, one of the “big three” credit-rating agencies, announced earlier this month thathackers gained access to the Social Security numbers, credit card data, driver’s licenses, home addresses and other personally identifiable information (PII) of up to 143 million Americans. Some two-dozen class-action lawsuits (and counting?) followed, along with stinging criticism from consumer groups and congressional leaders.
In our spare time, we like to hunt for bugs in various pieces of software. To help teach people this skill, we decided to write up our analysis on some of the crashes we find. The goal is to help people learn how to debug, analyze the problem, determine why it’s happening, and what the impact is. For example, is this just something which will cause the software to crash and merely cause a brief denial of service, or is this a vulnerability which can be exploited to take complete control over the computer?
GRIMM is excited to announce that Lisa Wiswell, Principal for Security Consulting, was selected as a Young AFCEA 40 Under 40 winner for 2017. The Young AFCEA 40 Under 40 Award is given to 40 individuals, 40 or under, recognizing their significant contributions in technical STEM fields by providing innovation, thought leadership and support to military and government technology communities. Lisa joined GRIMM’s leadership team earlier this year as a Principal in support of GRIMM’s commercial and government clients.