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Dan Borges – From Infosec ITAdmin to Red Teamer to CTF Organizer

Last updated on May 19, 2019

In this first episode, I chat with Dan Borges, a professional red teamer, blogger, and security tool developer.

Dan discusses his early experiences using and exploiting computer systems, how InfoSec experts work with companies, and a new tools he and other created and released this year!

Episode Highlights:

  • Dan explains how he became involved in information security,
    including his introduction to programming through a Lego robotics

  • His early experiences as a pen-tester—i.e. a penetration tester, who
    looks for system security weaknesses—and why it’s difficult to get
    hands-on experience in that field.

  • The benefits of becoming an Offensive Security Certified Professional

  • What does a red team do in an organization, and how is it different
    from pen-testing?

  • Dan describes the day-to-day life of a pen-tester and the kind of
    conflicts they can run into.

  • A few war stories from the trenches of InfoSec, as well as some of
    the tools pen-testers use.

  • How being grounded led to Dan’s earliest hacking experiences, and the
    ways his parents fostered his interests and mentality.

  • What conferences should InfoSec beginners check out?

  • Fun and beneficial ways you can “hack” reading.

  • Dan’s tips for those starting off or looking to transition into

  • An in-depth look at one of the newer tools Dan uses for his work.

  • The rules and intricacies of InfoSec competitions.


“It’s such a catch-22 to get practical, hands-on experience to go to these jobs because, y’know, hacking’s illegal, right?”

“We don’t just go in and blow the brakes off people, we’re trying to measurably improve security.”

“It was a constant escalation war, cat-and-mouse like that. They’d take something away and I’d figure out how to use the computer with that limitation.”


Dan Borges’ personal blog:

Dan’s LinkedIn:

Dan on Twitter:

Dan and Alex’s DEFCON Talk on Gscript:

Gscript: Genesis Scripting Engine:

NationalCPTC (Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition):

Outro Music: Missing You by Trash80:

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