And you, Jacob, can you tell us something of your profession?”
Jacob was delighted with their dinner companions and the shared discussion. He was still a basically guarded individual but saw no reason not to respond.
“I’m something of a high tech specialist in digital security, though I do enter other avenues in technology, as it makes sense.”
While Jacob spoke, Carlos only seemed focused on Simone’s arm and slowly and gently with the back of his hand stroked her smooth skin repeatedly with tender erotic intent. Jacob and then Petra noticed, and the distraction made it difficult for Jacob to speak as his mind was wandering elsewhere. He and Petra had limited public displays of affection, but somehow he found this gesture something that could be reassuring.
Jacob continued, “I get called in to a variety of companies, a lot of banks actually, to do what is called Pen-testing or Penetration-testing of digital security systems. I find it challenging and a fun profession. Just me against the security defenses, and after I’m done I write my report and deliver the findings to the customer so they can strengthen their defenses against the bad guys. I also review programs and write them as needed to help customers as required.”
Carlos was still fixated on stroking Simone’s arm with the back of his hand, but he obviously concentrated and listened to Jacob. He sensed that this Jacob was not one to talk about his success unless it struck the right cord. Carlos found that interesting in this new gringo acquaintance.
Without moving his gaze from Simone, he suggested, “So this Penetration-testing, I would think, entails slowly and deliberately getting close to a target to, say, observe all the appropriate details that can be viewed from a cursory look. Perhaps gently touching the target here and there to see if there is a reciprocal response or maybe an invitation. It would seem appropriate to also inspect as much surface area as possible at least visually so a detailed memory map can be created, and if the target is receptive perhaps to offer to enter deep enough to continue the exploration but not provoke alarm in this penetration exercise.”
Carlos’s description of the activity caused Jacob’s mind to shift
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