Help Net Security: Interview with Cyrus Peikari
Feb 26, 2003, 07:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Dr. Peikari is the CEO of AirScanner Mobile Security and
co-author of the book 'Maximum Wireless Security' from SAMS
Publishing. He finished his formal training with honors in
electrical engineering from Southern Methodist University in 1991.
For eight years Dr. Peikari taught advanced mathematics at the SMU
Learning Enhancement Center in Dallas, Tx. He has previously worked
as a telecommunications software research and development engineer
for Alcatel. He is a frequent speaker at information security and
technology conferences, including DefCon and NetSec. He has
co-authored five best selling network security books--three of them
as lead author--and he has published several award-winning security
"How did you get interested in wireless security?
"I have been an avid UNIX user for over 20 years. However, in
recent years I became interested in Windows, and I was horrified by
its lack of security, so I wanted to make a difference. I started
with reverse code engineering (RCE) and in 1998 was part of the
first Trojan RCE project at +Fravia's website. As with most old
reverse engineers, the natural progression was to later move into