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Charles Renert, Director Of Security Research At Determina Inc.Charles Renert, Director Of Security Research At Determina Inc.

MIT spin-off Determina this month ships software to protect against security vulnerabilities in real time.

J. Nicholas Hoover

October 8, 2005

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Charles Renert, Director of security research at Determina Inc. -- Photograph by Sacha Lecca

Photograph by Sacha Lecca Charles Renert
Director of security research at Determina Inc.


Call Him Dr. Worm
Renert, who co-founded Symantec's security research and support group, Security Response, has been collecting viruses for 10 years. "Some of my colleagues are scared to get too close to me. I carry a USB drive that's activated by my fingerprint that effectively has a huge library of viruses and worms."


Turn Back Time
"I wish we could go back in time to the 1970s, and we'd rewrite the way we build code so that we do it securely from the get-go. Some of the early apps weren't built with security in [the] design. It's the legacy that we continue to inherit."


Changing Face Of Hackers
"The young kids, the vigilantes, are really more the exception than the rule these days. It's much more subdued, much more behind the scenes."


A Handbook Worth Reading
"There's a good book that talks about the latest edge of the newest exploits called 'The Shellcoders Handbook' that my team and I all just finished reading. That's what I would recommend."


Vacation Spot
"Italy ... I'm not sure if it's the beautiful countryside or the food, but it's a toss-up. Just don't rent a car."

Interview by J. Nicholas Hoover

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