Interview With Joe Sylve, Director Of Research And Development, BlackBag

Joe, your BlackBag profile describes how you "drive innovation and pursue emerging areas of research" as Director of Research & Development. Can you describe for us what your day-to-day looks like?

Usually I’m managing shifting priorities, so there’s not always a “typical” day for me. Some days I spend my days in IDA Pro, reverse engineering OS subsystems to learn how on-disk artifacts can be analyzed. Other days, I’m mostly wearing my developer hat and writing code that will eventually be integrated into the backend of BlackBag’s tools.

As with all things research, our initial approach doesn’t always work out, so there’s a lot of lessons learned and iteration going on behind the scenes.

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