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Reuben Paul's Closing Keynote - HOU.SEC.CON 5.0 (2014)

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Published on Jan 12, 2015

Why Kids Can Be Really Good Hackers

17 year old Russian teen made software used in Target hack that stole 110MILLION credit card numbers. 15-Year-Old Admits Hacking NASA Computers. 5-year-old boy hacks dad's Xbox account. What do these three headlines have in common? These hackers are all kids; young in age. We live in a world today where hacking is not defined by age and as you can read from these headlines, some of the really good hackers are kids.

In this talk, I, an eight year old kid, who has learned a few hacking techniques, will demonstrate and tell you why kids can be really good hackers. I will also cover what adults can learn from kids.

Come for a fun and entertaining talk to learn about why kids make good hackers, from a kid, which I think is 1337 :-)

Bio: Reuben Paul is an 8 year old, 3rd grader at Harmony School of Science in Austin, TX. When asked by his 1st grade teacher to illustrate his future career, he drew on a sheet that he wanted to become a Cyber spy.

Today, he is on his journey to make his dreams come true. For the past couple of years, he has been learning about information security and programming for the iOS platform, and this past summer, with the support of his family and school, he founded and serves as CEO of Prudent Games Inc, a company which serves to educate while entertaining his customers. Prudent Games has the motto, "Learn While You Play”. He is currently working on developing games that teach Mathematics, Science and Information Security.

Reuben is not just another computer geek. He lives a life on the edge, between his school, as a straight ‘A’ student and all of his other passions. When he is not playing video games or on the computer, he likes to read, and takes classes to play inline hockey, swim, do gymnastics, kung fu, play piano, drums and do art.

Reuben has been an achiever from his younger days. He was crowned as America’s most beautiful baby when he was 2 years old and in 2013 he was in the news for receiving the honor of becoming the youngest Shaolin Do Kung Fu Blackbelt in America. He was one of the top 10 gymnasts in the 2013 State Finals.

He is an invited speaker, delivering awareness talks on the importance of teaching InfoSec to kids and have been featured at several industry leading Information Security conferences such as DerbyCon, (ISC)2 Security Congress, and now delivering the closing keynote at Houston Security Conference. His debut talk entitled “Information Security from the mouth of babes (or an 8 year old)” at DerbyCon 4.0 has been quoted and referenced by several information security (hacking) sources and has become a source of inspiration to kids and adult alike to start educating Information Security to kids.

One of his favorite quote is “Kid, you’ll move mountains” from Dr. Seuss’ book “Oh, the Places you will go.”

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