Application Security , Cybercrime , Fraud Management & Cybercrime

Going Inside the Mind of an Ethical Hacker

Casey Ellis of Bugcrowd on Bringing Vulnerabilities Out in the Open So They Can Be Fixed
Casey Ellis, CTO and founder, Bugcrowd

Casey Ellis, founder and CTO of Bugcrowd, shares insights from the company's annual report, Inside the Mind of a Hacker 2021, which reveals that 8 out of 10 ethical hackers recently identified a vulnerability they had never seen before.

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He attributes this, in part, to the rapid shift to remote working when "we did a lot of pretty wacky stuff very quickly with technology as the pandemic kicked in."

Ellis advises organizations to assume that "there is going to be a broken thing somewhere, as a baseline." Once businesses make that cultural shift, he says, "all of the things that happen on top to detect risk and then prevent it, and learn from it to try to avoid it in the future become a lot easier because it's not dirty laundry anymore or something to be ashamed of."

In a video interview with Information Security Media Group, Ellis discusses:

  • Findings from the Bugcrowd report;
  • The gaps in enterprises' defenses that allow vulnerabilities to perpetuate;
  • How organizations can adopt the mindset of an ethical hacker to improve their cybersecurity.

Ellis is the founder, chairman and CTO of Bugcrowd. He is a 20-year veteran of information security, servicing clients ranging from startups to multinational corporations as a pentester, security and risk consultant, solutions architect and most recently as a career entrepreneur.


About the Author

Anna Delaney

Anna Delaney

Director, ISMG Productions

An experienced broadcast journalist, Delaney conducts interviews with senior cybersecurity leaders around the world. Previously, she was editor-in-chief of the website for The European Information Security Summit, or TEISS. Earlier, she worked at Levant TV and Resonance FM and served as a researcher at the BBC and ITV in their documentary and factual TV departments.




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