I'm Kurtis Minder, Shrimp Boat Captain @ Scatter, and This is How I Pwn.

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Kurtis Minder of Scatter

Wonder what it’s like to work as a professional hacker? We’ve asked a few of our favorite hackers to share some insights into their work habits, favorite tools and more. This is the part of an ongoing series. Enjoy!

Current Gig: Shrimp Boat Captain @ Scatter 
One word that best describes how you work: Scrappy 
Current mobile device: Fanboy 
Current computer: Fanboy

First of all, tell us a little about Scatter, and why you founded the company.

Scatter is a security services and product company based in Arlington, VA. We are delivering services and developing products that are on the forefront of Data Privacy and Breach Intelligence. I founded Scatter after working ton Cloud Security architectures for a major vendor in the Managed Services space. I recognized improvements that could be made in the space, and set out to build. We have a great team and momentum in the space. Excited about our future.

What apps, software, or tools can't you live without (doesn't have to be security related)? Why?

We are making heavy use of DarkRecon, a very cool tool for doing regex searches of the dark web. This helps with client engagements, determining breach probability.

On a personal level I am pretty simple, I use Airmail for mac, Firefox, and Evernote most often. Our team uses Slack.

What's your workspace setup like?

I work in 1776 Crystal City. 1776 is a global incubator and seed fund helping startups transform industries that impact millions of lives every day—education, energy & sustainability, health, transportation and cities. The Crystal City location where we work has a Cyber Security focus. That said, I am writing this blog questionnaire response in my “other office” Northside Social Coffee and Wine. I don’t think I need to explain why.

What's your favorite security tool or app (if you didn't already answer this above)?


Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can't you live without and why?

I am never without my BenchMade knife. I currently am sporting an Auto APB with an ebony blade. The funny thing about carrying a knife is that before you had it you never knew you needed one. When you have a knife, you use it constantly and wonder how you survived without it.

What security fu are you better at than everyone else? What's your secret?

Anyone else? I am not sure I can make that claim. I am good at social fu. Not a traditional social engineer, I am good at understanding, navigating, and leveraging complex interpersonal situations. There undoubtedly people better at this than me.

What do you listen to while you work?

A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Del, Zero 7, Portishead, Osunlade, Radiohead, and if I really want to get stuff done Eminem.

What are you currently reading?

I just finished an 8,000 mile motorcycle ride across the country and back. On that ride I read a few books, but the one that stuck out was “The Devil’s Rope” by Alan Krell. It is a comprehensive look at the social and economic impact of the invention of barbed wire on culture.

How do you learn new skills?

I do the thing.

Fill in the blank: I'd love to see _________ answer these same questions.

Steve Ocepek

What's the best advice you've ever received?

“Life is best when lived outside your comfort zone." Truth.

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