We’ve read about rockstars and trolls, but what about the folks that live in the nuts and bolts of information security? It’s the Chris Hoff’s of the world, the Squirrel.

Squirrels are curious and mischievous at times just like their real-life animal manifestations. They like to understand how things work and are of the few that can completely disassemble and reassemble something and have it work as expected—possibly while adding a few modifications to make it better (or worse). Squirrels are just as likely to analyze something for vulnerabilities as they are to exploit one. Chris Palmer of IBM even postulates that “a well-placed squirrel can wreak almost as much havoc as a cyber attack on a power grid.”

Squirrels are tinkerers. They are famously known for saying three words that make someone’s day—“try it now.” Given an immensely complex problem, squirrels figure things out when nobody else can.

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This post originally appeared on BrandenWilliams.com.

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