Cecilia Pastorino

Cecilia Pastorino

Security Researcher

Education? Studied Networking and Communication at Palermo University. CCNA and CCNP Cisco certifications and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).

Highlights of your career? I worked for almost 10 years in Infrastructure and specialized in network security. In 2012 I got in charge of the information security area of a company in the healthcare industry, where I developed the “Information Security Management System” and certified ISO 27001.

Position and history at ESET? First met ESET in 2013 when I joined Argentina Cibersegura as a volunteer. In January 2017 I became a Security Researcher in ESET Latin America.

What malware do you hate the most? Trojans, because they take advantage of unwary users.

Favorite activities? Travelling, meeting new people and places all over the world. Also amateur photography and rollerskating.

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet. Be careful, the information you share online may be used against you.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? It was an Apple II Plus that belonged to my dad before I was born. My mom used to program games for me in the Apple, and I used it for several years until I got my first IBM with Windows 3.11.

Favorite computer game/activity? Investigate, try, break and learn. I also like scape games and all kind of logic games. Wholehearted fan of Carmen Sandiego and Monkey Island.

Articles by author

How to start analyzing the security of your IoT devices

The big challenge with IoT devices is that they are all different: Each manufacturer has its own firmware, uses different protocols, and designs its own architecture. So, the first step before carrying out any analysis is to understand the architecture, find out what components are involved, and how they interact and communicate among themselves.

How will WPA3 improve WiFi security?

This is aimed at improving security at the time of the handshake, which is when the key is being exchanged. As a result, WPA3 is poised to provide robust security even if short or weak passwords are used, i.e. those that don’t contain a combination of letters, numbers and symbols.