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Meet the LibrePlanet 2017 Speakers: Christian Fernandez

by molly Contributions Published on Mar 23, 2017 12:01 PM
Christian Fernandez is a cyber security expert, joining us at LibrePlanet 2017 to talk about penetration testing and how "pentesting" can be done using entirely free tools.

His session, Pentesting loves free software, takes place on Saturday, March 25th in session block 5A (15:40 - 16:25).

Could you tell us a bit about yourself?

I moved to the US in 1997. Since then I been traveling around and moving to different cities. I've been into social justice movements in the past. I started into hacking in the late 80s with BBS’ FidoNet, exploring and trying to sniff out all the information I could.

At the same time I got into hacking, I got into free software after that—. Most people I knew online were also involved in both since they go hand by hand.

How did you first get interested in penetration testing with free sotware?

I've seen a lot of newcomers to the security field from academia. As with any other tech field, they learn commercial, proprietary, non-free tools.

I like to point out and show people that you can get the job done even better using free tools. I'm very passionate about this as a free software activist.

Have you been to LibrePlanet before?

Yes, I am a longtime Free Software Foundation member and have been to a number of LibrePlanets.

How can we follow you on social media?

I have A LOT of handles...some nobody knows. :) I use @rek2fernandez on Twitter. B1naryFreed0m is the one I use for politics.

What is a skill or talent you have that you wish more people knew about?

In order to make things better first you have to break them apart and study them. Learning is not about reading a book and going to school, it is about passion and practice, and a lot of frustration sometimes. :D

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