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Globe-winning cyber-thriller TV series “Mr. Robot” was based on an experiment she led in 2011 that proved that jail doors could be hacked and opened remotely. Her white paper on the topic is visible in the episode. “We were able to make it look like


Tiffany Rad led an experiment in 2011 that showed jail doors could be hacked and opened remotely. An episode of the series “Mr. Robot” is based on her white paper.


the types of personalities that thrive in cybersecurity, say Lumpkin and others. Take for example, Mach37 grad Tiffany Rad. Her company, Anatrope, located in the AOL Verizon incubator in Sterling, specializes in cybersecurity for vehicular systems. She holds a law degree, previ- ously worked in cybersecurity for Cisco and Kaspersky and teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern


Any mature organization will experience some level of activity in terms of commodity malware and attempts to breach


its defenses. Cisco 2016 Midyear Security Report


Maine. Like Lumpkin, she has presented at the DEF CON hacking conference. Raised by her CIA agent father


(who himself was a consultant for the Robert Redford film “Sneakers” about security consultants battling hackers) to learn how to pick locks and administer polygraphs, Rad possesses what may be some of the coolest cred in cybersecurity at the moment. An episode of the Golden


all the jail doors were closed when in fact they had been open,” says Rad, noting that she also discovered that at least one prison back then had multiple vulnerabilities via internet-connected devices. “It was our worst nightmare that ‘Mr. Robot’ put [on TV] in a dramatic fashion. At the time we were worried about someone trying to coerce us into using our exploit.” The McAuliffe administration hosted


a Cyber-Physical Systems Summit in Sep- tember, focused on securing autonomous systems and infrastructure, particularly in light of the growing number of connected devices being brought online with the Internet of Things. “That’s why a lot of us have insomnia,”


Lumpkin says, speaking about working in cybersecurity. “Because if you knew how vulnerable things are all the time, it would make you a little nervous too.”


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