The Cobalt Community team is excited to announce that our Q4 Pentester of the Quarter is Farid Luhar! Farid has been with Cobalt for almost two years and is one of our amazing leads. He works as a security researcher and has 5 years of experience in the information security domain, involved in web application, infrastructure, Mobile application, IoT penetration testing, and source code review. He has published advisories such as CVE-2019-16667, CVE-2019-17590, CVE-2020-15018, CVE-2020-12255, CVE-2020-12256, CVE-2020-12257, CVE-2020-12258, CVE-2020-12259, CVE-2020-14412, CVE-2020-14413, CVE-2020-14414, CVE-2020-25262, CVE-2020-25263.
Here is what some of Farid's fellow testers had to say about working with him:
"So far, he is the team leader I have felt most comfortable with. Great professional and an incredible person. Working with him has been a pleasure, and I look forward to it again."
"Farid was my first pentest lead; I'm very impressed by his findings during the pentest engagement. Creative thinking on finding good critical bugs. He has taught me how to be active on an engagement and work as a team."
"I am nominating Farid because of his sincerity and dedication."
How to be successful at Cobalt, according to Farid
There is no secret to becoming a successful pentester. However, a pentester needs to follow guidelines during working with the team and client. One needs to be responsive and professional, and one needs to think out of the box during the pentest and find better results. Also, one needs to collaborate with the team members and the client to succeed in the assessment.
Farid's favorite memory at Cobalt
It’s hard to say which memory is my favorite because all the memories with Cobalt are my favorite. I always enjoy working with Cobalt since I get the chance to work with talented pentesters, which makes all the assessments memorable.