Interview with Gordon Lyon
I’ve known Gordon Lyon, as Fyodor Vaskovich, for over 15 years. Most of our meetings have been online, but we’ve also attended some meetups in between BlackHat and DefCon.
Fyodor’s claim to fame is that he has been working on a network scanning tool, Nmap (nmap.org) longer than I’ve known him. What began as improvements on the handful of scanning tools available in the ’90s has become an open source project as well as a successfully funded business. If you’ve never used Nmap, it is both a security tool and one useful to network and system admins: Nmap quickly scans networks in a long list of different ways.
There really isn’t much on the Web about Fyodor, and we are fortunate that he has taken the time to tell us a bit more about his background and how various parts of Nmap came to be.