MePush, a tech services company with locations in Lewisburg and Bloomsburg, sent its cyber security manager, Michael Frauenhoffer, to one of the world’s largest hacking conferences in Las Vegas, Nevada in early August.
The underground hacking conference, called DEF CON, was started in 1992 by Jeff Moss, also known as Dark Tangent online. Moss is a globally respected American hacker and computer and internet security expert
DEF CON is the world’s longest running and largest underground hacking conference.
Frauenhoffer is MePush’s in-house forensic security expert. He graduated from Bloomsburg University with a degree in Digital Forensics after spending some time using his expertise for good – in the military and cyber defense sectors.
Currently, he uses his hacking skills to assist MePush’s clients with compliance and cybersecurity, PCI and HIPAA compliance in particular, as well as military and Department of Defense compliance.
Michael says it was exciting to experience “the bleeding edge of the cyber security world [at DEF CON] so I can bring the information back to help MePush’s clients.”
DEF CON is a unique mixture of conference workshops, live talks and vendors, but intertwined in the mix is a robust social scene, plus hacking contests and “villages” for focused learning about topics like biohacking, social engineering, the Internet of Things, tamper evidence, data duplication, voting machine hacking, soldering skills, ethics, laser cutting, car hacking, and dozens of other trending topics in the underground world of hacking.
Conference attendees who wish to compete in hacking competitions at the event were able to compete in pre-qualification rounds earlier this summer.
Registrations are not accepted in advance; they are taken in cash at the door so credit card and personal information are not stored or shared by DEF CON organizers.
Michael says that what’s so exciting about cybersecurity is that “compliance isn’t a once-and-done effort; it takes daily, weekly, and monthly follow-up. That’s where MePush really excels – ensuring that our clients become and stay compliant.”
Frauenhoffer quite literally hacks his way into secure systems to find the gaps that need to be filled and areas where data could be exploited, so additional security measures can be applied.
MePush provides IT support, web design, application development, consulting, and computer repair to local businesses, non-profit organizations, and residential customers. Their cybersecurity offerings include compliance on all levels, phishing and security testing, and penetration services which are an offensive way for businesses to ensure that systems are secure.