About the author

About the Author - DieterAs a child of the 70s and 80s, my first experiences with electronics were a cheap Pong knock off my dad picked up at a grocery store sale one day and then ‘Thank You Santa’ the Atari 2600. I spent countless days and nights playing Asteroids, River Raid, Pitfall, Galaxian and, of course PacMan.

I vividly remember how upset I was when my parents dared to buy me a motorcycle for Christmas, instead of the Commodore 64 I so desperately wanted.  Yes, they did rectify  the situation four weeks later on my birthday – oh, I should mention the 1541 diskette drive that came with it as well? I was living the dream!

I know what you are thinking, spoiled brat?!  Probably so at the time – but – there was Rambo, Impossible Mission and most importantly a game called ‘Elite’ to play!

My passion for electronics naturally evolved into a career. I grew up feeding paper to mainframe printers, answering tech support calls the week Windows 95 was released, doing network administration, and network consulting—before shifting to computer security.

For years, I helped my clients untangle the messes they had encountered, courtesy of technology. And I like to believe I am pretty good at it.

No, I’m no Neo from The Matrix or a world-class hacker like Kevin Mitnick, Adrian Lamo or Kevin Poulson.  Honestly, there are a ton of guys WAY smarter then me.

But years of experience spent auditing and assessing clients’ computer networks (which roughly translates into me trying to break stuff in their computer networks on purpose), incident handling (how the heck did a hacker get in here or why is there a virus on this pc), and computer forensics (let’s see what data I can get off this erased or broken hard drive) have given me considerable experience.

During this time, I was approached by various friends, co-workers, and acquaintances who sought my help to secure their home networks and advice for “guiding” their children in their own online endeavors. Although I was serving up this advice on a regular basis, the desire to write a book really hit me when I experienced the “Cat on the Ceiling Fan” episode with my daughter.

While I am a computer security professional, I’m also a parent—and a busy one. Between juggling dance recitals and tumbling classes, and delivering the occasional forgotten lunch or assignment, I run around a lot. And then there’s the homework hour—well, it’s more like the nightly battle of the minds as I try to prove to my kids that I know slightly more than they do, which is often a losing battle.

Oh yeah, and my wife and I are also trying to get dinner on the table, the dog walked, the cats fed, and laundry done amidst all of this chaos.

We’re all working parents with a lot happening in our worlds. But life—and technology—keeps rushing forward and we need to somehow hold the reins so that our kids remain safe under our watch.

With this book, I have blended my love of family with my passion for computer security.

Technology is a wonderful thing, when used wisely.

I hope this book will steer you in the right direction so that you and your family can enjoy the advantages of the Internet and avoid those hazards that can make life miserable.

—Dieter Scholtyssek



Certified Information Security Systems Professional (CISSP), ISC2
Certified Computer Examiner – International Society of Forensics Computer Examiners
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer, Microsoft
Security+, CompTIA
Oracle 10g: Administration I

Additional training in:

BusinessObjects XI R2 and R3 Administration, BusinessObjects
Hacker Techniques, Exploits & Incident Handling class, SANS
Ultimate Hacking, Foundstone

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