I am Robert Svensson and I'm computer security fanatic with a passsion for writing and crafting Python code.
Robert Svensson

About Me

I have well over ten years of experience in the security field. My hands-on know-how comes from working in large multi-national environments and networks taking care of security incidents and maintaining security systems such as proxy servers, firewalls and VPNs. I’ve also carried out numerous pen tests to make sure that systems and networks are compliant against the PCI-DSS standard.

I successfully ran my own security consulting company for a number of years. In one of my assignments, I worked for one of the world’s largest clothing retailers, H&M, at their Security Operations Center. My responsibilities included digging through log files to analyze and sort out potential threats as well as fine-tuning Network Intrusion Prevention Systems and Vulnerability Management Solutions. My responsibilities also included on-call duty to quickly respond to global security incidents. The environment was fast-paced and in co-operation with a remote SOC team in Hong Kong.

My constant desire to participate in the security community lead me to create DasMalwerk.eu — a web service dedicated to providing fresh malware samples to fellow security researchers in a safe way. As I believe that nothing beats having hands-on experience with malicious software once disaster strikes.

When it comes to operating systems I can get things done on anything from my Commodore 64 to Windows, Linux, macOS and in worst case even NT4 and Novell NetWare.

I also have a deep passion for the written word. In fact, I used that passion to write a book called From hacking to report writing — an introduction to security and penetration testing. Released in late 2016 by Apress, the book has helped many aspiring penetration testers to turn IT-security into a career.

Here’s my GitHub profile and my LinkedIn page.

Experience

IT Security Manager, Telefonica Next, Berlin, Germany
2018-06 — Present

I oversee the protection the organization's computers, networks and data against threats, such as security breaches, computer viruses or attacks by cyber-criminals.

Technical Copywriter, Contentful, Berlin, Germany
2017-04 — 2018-06

I was responsible for communicating the company’s bug bounty program as well as writing readable and technically correct blog posts and landing pages on API architecture, SDK development, developer trends and more.

Independent Security Consultant, Art & Hacks, Berlin, Germany
2015-03 — 2017-04

My role as an independent security consultant includes carrying out on-site penetration tests, helping customers with PCI-related matters such as preparing for upcoming reviews and making sure that the proper processes are in place, policy recommendations, developing security related software and integrations.

Author, Apress, Berlin, Germany
2015-03 — 2016-10

I was under contract to write a book called From Hacking To Report Writing - an introduction to security and penetration testing. The book was published by Apress in December of 2016.

Security Operations Technician, H&M, Stockholm, Sweden
2014-08 — 2015-03

As a security operations technician I was responsible for the technical management, surveillance and troubleshooting of internet proxy services, Linux servers, anti-virus solutions and the cryptography infrastructure for the organisation’s most critical data. My duties also included managing and analysing the security event logs of the global spanning network together with a team of international experts.

Founder, Das Malwerk, Berlin, Germany
2014-04 — 2014-08

DasMalwerk.eu is an online service that provides the security community with the latest “in the wild” viruses and malware samples so that we can all get a better understanding of today’s digital threats. I designed and programmed both the front and the backend system.

Security Incident Response Technician, H&M, Stockholm, Sweden
2012-03 — 2014-08

My role in the security incident response team was to investigate deviations from the organisation’s security policy. This regularly involved tasks such as forensics investigations, reverse engineering of viruses and other types of unwanted software and responding to suspected security breaches on a wide variety of platforms such as Microsoft windows systems, Apple macOS and PCI-related payment solutions.

IT Teacher and Program Founder, Musoma, Tanzania
2011-12 — 2012-03

IT Teacher and Program Founder, Musoma, Tanzania As the founder of an IT education program in Musoma, Tanzania, I worked as an IT teacher for children and teenagers teaching them computer usage and repair. Sharing no common language, I successfully managed to teach classes using body language and very basic Swahili.

Other Information

Formal education

Stockholm University – Bachelor of Computer and Systems Sciences

Recent courses
  • Python data structures — Michigan University
  • Software security — University Of Maryland
Security certification

Comptia Security+ earned 2014-12

Nationality

Swedish

Languages
  • English - Full working proficiency
  • Swedish - Native speaker
  • German - Pretty good
  • Norwegian - Full working proficiency
  • Danish - Full working proficiency
  • Swahili - Limited understanding
Interests and hobbies

I enjoy abstract expressionism and Russian avant garde within art as much as I enjoy a game of football at the pub. I also write a lot of music.

My tag cloud

Computer and network forensics. Investigating suspected fraud or information leakage. Great communication and presentation skills. System and network penetration testing. Information classification of business critical systems. Linux such as RedHat and Ubuntu. Windows client and server operating systems. OSX. Proxies such as Bluecoat, Microsoft ISA/TMG and Squid. Firewall, networking and routing technologies such as Cisco, IP tables. Enterprise wide anti- malware solutions such as McAfee and Symantec. SIEM solutions such as Splunk. Programming and scripting using languages such as C# .NET, NodeJS, Python, and Bash. DBMS such as MsSQL, MySQL and MongoDB. Process and life cycle management using frameworks such as ITIL. Virus and malware behavioural analysis.

References

Available upon request.

Contact information

Robert Svensson
Puderstraße 1
12435 Berlin
Germany

robert@artandhacks.se